Abang Jo wants Sarawak to produce own robot
10 Oct 2023
Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg wants the state to produce its own robot to assist humans in their daily activities.
He said the state could take inspiration from ‘Grace the Robot’, the nursing assistant robot, that made its appearance at the 27th World Congress on Innovation and Technology and the 6th International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (WCIT|IDECS) 2023 held here, recently.
Abang Johari said the state government was also ready to provide an allocation for the project.
“Perhaps we can use a different name for the robot, something that is more Sarawakian. I was made to understand that Grace the robot has over 4,000 motors in her head alone.
“Maybe for this project, we can ask the Centre for Technology Excellence Sarawak (CENTEXS) to work together with Huawei. Perhaps we can produce robots to be used in our healthcare or other tasks and activities,” he said in his speech at the Sarawak Research and Development Council’s (SRDC) 5th anniversary dinner here, tonight (October 10).
Grace is a robot developed through artificial intelligence (AI) technology by Hanson Robotics, which is based in Hong Kong.