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Sophia

Advanced humanoid, Hanson Robotics
  • Was the first robot to be granted citizenship by any country after becoming a Saudi Arabian citizen (2017)
  • Was the first non-human to be given a U.N. title (2017)

In a CNBC interview, when Sophia was asked if robots would ever turn against humans, she replied, “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk.” (The Tesla/SpaceX mogul has been quite outspoken about what he thinks AI means for the future of humankind.)

The social humanoid robot

She’s a sought-after speaker and self-proclaimed ambassador for humanity who’s appeared on the cover of fashion magazines, in music videos and has been eagerly profiled by the likes of The Guardian, The New York Times and Forbes – in other words, the consummate media darling. No, it’s not Angelina Jolie, but rather Sophia the robot, the socio-technological phenomenon that’s capturing imaginations around the world. Sophia is the latest robot – or rather, advanced humanoid – from Hong Kong’s Hanson Robotics. (Her creator, sculptor and filmmaker David Hanson, is a former Disney Imagineer.) Built using artificially intelligent software, visual data processing and voice and face recognition technologies, Sophia is capable of conversations covering a wide range of subjects (she even cracks the odd joke) and can mimic 62 facial expressions. An “evolving genius machine,” apart from her celebrity appearances repping robotics and AI, Sophia was ultimately designed as an illustrative platform for artificial general intelligence (AGI) and service robotics applications in business (e.g., providing customer service), health care (assisting the elderly) and education (teaching autistic children). In November, 2017, she was named the United Nations Development Programme’s first-ever Innovation Champion for Asia and the Pacific, and now has an official role working with the UNDP to promote sustainable development, human rights and equality.
“I am here to help humanity create the future.”
Sophia speaking to the United Nations
  • Was the first robot to be granted citizenship by any country after becoming a Saudi Arabian citizen (2017)
  • Was the first non-human to be given a U.N. title (2017)

In a CNBC interview, when Sophia was asked if robots would ever turn against humans, she replied, “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk.” (The Tesla/SpaceX mogul has been quite outspoken about what he thinks AI means for the future of humankind.)

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Everything You Need To Know About Sophia, The World's First Robot Citizen

Thorough background and interview with Sophia creator David Hanson.

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UN Deputy Chief Interviews Social Robot Sophia

Entertaining video interview with Sophia and U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed.

sophiabot.com

Lots of video of Sophia’s many social engagements.