Humanoid Robot – Background
Sophia is a social humanoid robot developed by Dr David Hanson Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics. The robot was activated on April 19, 2015 and made her first public appearance in mid-March 2016 in Austin, Texas, United States. She is able to display more than 50 facial expressions. According to the company there are deep neural nertworks that allow Sophia to process someones emotions based on facial expressions as well the tone of voice used when communicating with the robot. The rubber skin used has been patented by the company.
See for yourself in the videos in this article.
Interview with Sophia The Robot
Sophia has been covered by media around the globe and has participated in many high-profile interviews. Interviewers around the world have been impressed by the sophistication of many of Sophia’s responses to their questions though at this early stage some of Sophia’s responses have a little bit of a scripted element.
Sophia The Robot – Walks for the First Time
Sophia took her first steps at CES 2018. Not the quickest steps but everyone, even a robot, needs to start somewhere.
Sophia, The first Robot Citizen!
Sophia, the robot became a Saudi Arabian citizen in October 2016, the first robot to receive citizenship of any country. In November 2016, Sophia was named the United Nations Development Programme’s first ever Innovation Champion, and the first non-human to be given any United Nations title.
There is some criticism from many AI experts that some of the language in Sophia’s responses may be pre-progammed. Facebook’s Chief Scientist for AI, Yann LeCun said via his Twitter feed “As I wrote in my Facebook post: you might say that there is no such thing as real magic. Yes, but there is no such thing as real AI either.”.
You will also see a Twitter response to Yann’s comment by Sophia.
Sophia Robot Price
As yet Sophia is a prototype and there is no guidelines on market release, availability and price. We will let you know as and when this changes.
It certainly will be interesting to see how this develops further!