Activated on April 19, 2015 Sophia is the world’s first social Humanoid Robot by Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based company. Sophia has been covered by media around the world and has participated in many high-profile interviews. She made her first appearance at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW).

History of Sophia [wikipedia]

  • Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics in collaboration with AI developers, including Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc, who built her voice recognition system, and SingularityNET, which powers her brain.
  • Hanson designed Sophia to be a suitable companion for the elderly at nursing homes, or to help crowds at large events or parks. He has said that he hopes that the robot can ultimately interact with other humans sufficiently to gain social skills.
  • Sophia has seven robot humanoid “siblings” who were also created by Hanson Robotics. Fellow Hanson robots are Alice, Albert Einstein Hubo, Bina48, Han, Jules, Professor Einstein, Philip K. Dick Android, Zeno, and Joey Chaotic.

Feature of Sophia [Wikipedia]

  • Cameras within Sophia’s eyes combined with computer algorithms allow her to see.
  • She can follow faces, sustain eye contact, and recognize individuals.
  • She is able to process speech and have conversations using Alphabet’s Google Chrome voice recognition technology and other tools.
  • Around January 2018 Sophia was upgraded with functional legs and the ability to walk.
  • She is able to display more than 62 facial expressions.

According to the manufacturer, David Hanson

Sophia would ultimately be a good fit to serve in healthcare, customer service, therapy and education. Sophia runs on artificially intelligent software that is constantly being trained in the lab, so her conversations are likely to get faster, Sophia’s expressions are likely to have fewer errors, and she should answer increasingly complex questions with more accuracy.

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Sophia speaking to a crowd © Wikipedia

Public Figure [Wikipedia]

  • In October 2017, the robot became a Saudi Arabian citizen, the first robot to receive citizenship of any country.
  • On November 21, 2017 Sophia was named the United Nations Development Programme’s first ever Innovation Champion for Asia and the Pacific.
  • Sophia has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose, Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan, and outlets like CNBC, Forbes, Mashable, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. Sophia was featured in AUDI’s annual report and was on the cover of ELLE Brasil magazine.

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