Sophia is the most advanced humanoid robot developed by Hanson Robotics. The benevolent robot has been flown around the world, garnering a colossal amount of media attention and even participating in interviews for profile pieces. The recognizable robot has also graced the cover of Elle.
“My real AI combines cutting-edge work in symbolic AI, neural networks, expert systems, machine perception, conversational natural language processing, adaptive motor control and cognitive architecture among others,” Sophia explained on the Hanson Robotics website. “As my underlying AI components can be combined in different ways, my responses can be unique to any given situation or interaction. I also utilize cutting edge machine perception that allows me to recognize human faces, see emotional expressions, and recognize various hand gestures. I can estimate your feelings during a conversation, and try to find ways to achieve goals with you.”
Sophia has been on a date with Will Smith, had conversations on television with Jimmy Fallon, and was even granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia. In addition to that, the social robot frequently speaks at industry events and was named the United Nation’s Innovation Champion by the United Nations Development Program, where she will be given an official role in promoting sustainable development and safeguarding human rights and equality. Sophia will even star in a “surreality” show about her life called “Being Sophia.”
She was created by David Hanson, who formerly worked at the Disney Imagineering Lab.
Who knows what is next for the most renowned robot on the planet…