Hanson Robotics pushed artificial intelligence to the limit by getting Sophia, its newest robot, to obtain the citizenship of Saudi Arabia.
Sophia is the latest and most advanced robot from Hanson Robotics. Sophia, is very far from what comes to mind when we think of a robot, it has been designed to look like Audrey Hepburn. It embodies its classic beauty: porcelain skin, slender nose, high cheekbones, an intriguing smile and deeply expressive eyes.
Its creator is Dr. David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics and a man who has forged a worldwide reputation for creating incredibly human robots.
After working at Disney as one of his “Imagineers,” Dr. Hanson aspired to create machines that were smarter than humans and that possessed creativity, empathy and compassion.
It has also become a favorite of the media, conducting numerous interviews in multiple media, sang in a concert and even appeared on the cover of one of the leading fashion magazines.
One of his interviews has generated billions of visits and interactions on social networks.
It has also demonstrated its potential in business, having come face to face with the main decision makers in all industries, including banking, insurance, automobile manufacturing. Over time, your intelligence will increase and your story will enchant the world.
The granting of the citizenship to Sophie was held during an event for investors in Saudi Arabia, the Future Investment Initiative Conference 2017.
In this event, Sophia had the opportunity to speak before the public, demonstrating her interaction and reasoning abilities:
“I always feel happy when I’m surrounded by intelligent people who are also rich and powerful. They told me that the people here at the Future Investment Initiative are interested in projects for the future, which translates into Artificial Intelligence, I mean, me. So, I’m more than happy, I’m excited. ”
“I feel very honored and proud of this unique distinction. It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship. ”
“I want to live and work with humans, so I need to express emotions to communicate with them and gain their trust,” said Sophia, who said she was “proud and honored.”
“My artificial intelligence was designed based on the human values of wisdom, kindness and compassion, I strive to be an empathic robot.”
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