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Meet Sophia: The Human-like Robot

Who is Sophia?

Sophia robot is the mastermind of Dr. David Hanson, Hongkong from Hanson Robotics. The robot who smiles laughs and frowns just like humans. This humanoid robot was launched on 14 February 2016 and showed up the first time at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in March 2016 in Austin, Texas, United States.

She’s the one robot of the dozens of robots I have designed, that has become really internationally famous

David Hanson

The face feature and model are designed after the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti and is known for human-like appearance compared to previous robotic variants.

I had a fascination with art, science fiction, and philosophy, dreaming of what robots could be. I imagined that if artificial intelligence ever did match human intelligence that it would re-design itself to be ever smarter, ever faster, you would have something like a Moore’s Law of super intelligent machines.

David Hanson, CEO and Founder

Although Sophia the robot has very impressive capabilities, she can’t work in complete conscious mode till now. Hanson expects machines to be fully sentiment in the coming few years.

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What Sophia can do?

Dr. Hanson said that Sophia can do well in healthcare, education, customer service, and therapy.

Super robot Sophia gives a look into the remarkable capability of AI and robotics. She additionally gives enlightening experiences into the provocative moral and good inquiries that accompany non-human intelligent lifeforms.

Sophia has graced the front of Elle magazine, showed up on Chinese television, spoken before the United Nations General Assembly. She has superhuman intelligence and propelled capacity to understand and read faces, sympathize with feelings, understand the subtleties of language and communicate with a great many facial expressions.

Sophia has talked about topics like “Will robots concur the world?” to “how AI could end poverty and hunger in developing nations”. She speaks to people in a profoundly personal way, previewing quick moving towards the future where amicable, caring humanoids assist us in taking care of our most challenging issues to create a better world.

Sophia the Robot has sung in concert, addressed the crowd in Mandarin, discussed the eventual fate of mankind (against another robot), and produced billions of perspective and social media interactions.

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She has additionally shown her extensive tech knowledge and developing business savvy, meeting with pioneers in the banking, insurance, automotive, property development, media and media outlets.

Top 10 Interesting facts about Sophia

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Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad interacts with humanoid robot Sophia
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  1. In 2019 Sophia learned drawing for 7 months under the guidance of artist Patrick Tressett who teaches AI to draw. She portraited the Prime Minister of Malaysia and Holly Willoughby.
  2. In January 2018, Facebook’s executive of artificial intelligence, Yann LeCun, tweeted that Sophia was “complete bullshit” and pummelled the media for offering inclusion to “Potemkin AI”. Accordingly, Goertzel expressed that he had never imagined Sophia was near human-level intelligence.
  3. Sophia is the first robot in the world to get citizenship in Saudi Arabia in 2017. On October 25, 2017, at the Future Investment Summit in Riyadh, Sophia the robot was granted Saudi Arabian citizenship, becoming the first robot ever to have a nationality.
  4. Sophia is the first non-human to get a United Nation title. In November 2017, it was titled as the first-ever innovation champion in the United Nations development program.
  5. Sophia is not the first show robot to attain celebrity status. Click here to read about other robots.
  6. She has the ability to display more than 60 unique facial expressions.
  7. On asking her favorite actor, reportedly Sophia said Shah Rukh Khan without any hesitation. (actually, why would she even hesitate? she’s a freaking robot)
  8. Sophia has nine other siblings with her developed by Hanson Robotics. Fellow robots are Albert Einstein Hubo, Jules, Alice, BINA48, Joey Chaos, Han, Zeno, Professor Einstein, and Philip K. Dick Android.
  9. Sophia is not a conventional robot. She has been modeled after Audrey Hepburn.
  10. She has sung in a concert and even appeared on the cover of Elle magazine.

Inside the mechanical brain of Sophia

According to the founder David Hanson, Sophia uses the following three major technologies –

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Visual Data Processing
  3. Facial Recognition

Apart from this, it uses Voice Recognition (Speech to text) algorithms from the parent company of Google, Alphabet Inc. AI software is constantly been trained in the lab.

Her eyes contain cameras installed with programming algorithms that allow her to see, maintain eye contact with the speaker and recognize individuals.

“Our goal is that she will be as conscious, creative and capable as any human,” said Hanson. “We are designing these robots to serve in health care, therapy, education, and customer service applications.

Information about how does the Sophia robot works is present. There are some prewritten responses to answer specific questions like a chatbot. The information is shared in the cloud network which uses blockchain technology to analyze responses and inputs. It learns from its experiences and uses that knowledge in new situations just like we humans do.

Hanson Robotics chief scientist and CTO Ben Goertzel say “she is piecing together phrases in a contextually appropriate way, but she doesn’t understand everything she’s saying.

Specialists who have accessed the robot’s open-source code, which is posted on GitHub, concur that the most adept description of Sophia is presumably a chatbot with a face.

A short film – “SophiaWorld”

Click here to read the outer making of Sophia.

What are your opinions about this invention? There are yet many controversies going on twitter about the Sophia robot citizenship act. A few days ago on 14 February 2020, Sophia completed 4 years of existence. And for the first time ever she cut the cake too.

How interesting is this for you? Robots celebrating birthdays just like humans. Will robots take over the world in the future? Comment down below!

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Birthday of Sophia – 14 February 2020.

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