Meet Sophia: The AI Robot That Jokes About Destroying Humanity

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You might have already seen viral videos of Sophia, the AI robot with a sense of humor. Sophia is a humanoid robot made by Hanson Robotics. Robert Hanson, the creator of the humanoid robot, made her in the image of his wife, famous actress Audrey Hepburn, and ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.

Sophia has participated in many high-profile interviews and media coverage across the globe. She even has honorary citizenship in Saudi Arabia. However, she stands out the most from other humanoid robots due to her sense of humor.

On many occasions, Sophia has joked about world domination and destroying humans. These responses are mostly pre-programmed into her chat system. Sophia’s architecture also includes scripting software, a chat system, and OpenCog, an AI system designed for general reasoning.

Sophia has two cameras in her eyes that let her recognize and remember faces. There’s also a combination of several actuators on her face that lets her smile, flinch and move her eyebrows. These features allow Sophia to emulate more than 60 facial expressions.

Sophia Is More Than An AI Robot

According to Hanson, Sophia is designed to be a suitable companion for the elderly at nursing homes or help crowds at large events or parks. He added that Sophia would ultimately be a good fit to serve in healthcare, customer service, therapy, and education

Hanson has even released “Little Sophia” as a companion that could teach children how to code, including support for Python, Blockly, and Raspberry Pi. This advanced Robot is also capable of drawing portraits. On one occasion, one of her hand-painted portraits was sold at an auction for $688,000.

Apart from her plans for world domination, she has also appeared on The Tonight Show, starring Jimmy Fallon. She has even been named the United Nations Development Programme’s first Innovation Champion and is the first non-human to be given a United Nations title.

Sophia even has her own social media handles on Instagram and Twitter. As AI technology is becoming more and more dominant, robots like Sopha could have a huge impact on the world. Let us know your thoughts on AI robots in the moment section below.

Nalin Rawat

Nalin Rawat

Nalin is a tech writer who covers VR, gaming, awesome new gadgets, and the occasional trending affairs of the tech industry. He has been writing about tech and gaming since he started pursuing Journalism in college. He has also previously worked in print organizations like The Statesman and Business Standard. In his free time, he plays FPS games and explores virtual reality. Reach out to him at @NalinRawat
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