Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ latest human-like robot, created by combining the team’s innovations in science, engineering and artistry. She is a personification of our dreams for the future of AI, as well as a framework for advanced AI and robotics research, and an agent for exploring human-robot experience in service and entertainment applications.
Sophia was created to be a research platform for Hanson Robotics’ ongoing AI and robotics research work. Working with labs, universities and companies around the world, she is an architecture and a platform for the development of real AI applications. The Sophia character is also an evolving science fiction character we use to help explore the future of AI and lifelike humanoids, and to engage the public in the discussion of these issues.
She has become a much-sought-after media personality, helping to advocate for AI research and the role of robotics and AI in people’s lives. She has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning Britain, and has been a keynote speaker and panel member at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences. She has also addressed members of the UN, ITU, and NATO.
Sophia has also received the title of Innovation Champion for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote sustainable development with the use of technology and innovation in developing countries and named the new ambassador and future AI Tutor for iTutorGroup, the premier online education platform and largest English-language learning institution in the world. She was also named the 2018 Gold Edison AwardTM winner in Robotics.