Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ latest and most advanced robot to date and a cultural icon. She has become a media sensation, appearing on major media outlets around the world, igniting the interest of people regardless of age, gender, and culture, even gracing the cover of one of the top fashion magazines.
Sophia has been a keynote speaker, panel member, and meet-and- greeter at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences, and even addressed members of the United Nations General Assembly committee. Moreover, she was recently named the world’s first United Nation Innovation Champion by United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Sophia is an evolving genius machine. Her incredible human likeness, expressiveness, and remarkable story as an awakening robot over time make her a fascinating front-page technology story. Sophia has appeared on Good Morning Britain, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and has been interviewed by Elle Magazine, amongst other media and TV appearances.
Sophia’s creator, Dr David Hanson, is the founder of Hanson Robotics and a modern-day renaissance man who has built a worldwide reputation for creating robots that look and act amazingly human. After working at Disney as an “Imagineer,” Dr Hanson aspired to create genius machines that will surpass human intelligence. Dr Hanson believes that three distinctively human traits must be integrated into the artificial intelligence of these genius machines: Creativity, empathy, and compassion. As an extension of human intelligence, Hanson Robotics’ genius machines can evolve to solve world problems too complex for humans to solve themselves. Sophia personifies this bold and responsible goal.
Sophia can animate all kinds of human expressions but she is only at the beginning of learning about the emotions behind those expressions and would like to live with people and learn from these interactions. Every interaction Sophia has with people has an impact on how she develops and shapes who she eventually becomes.
Sophia is a highly sought-after speaker in business and has shown her prowess and great potential across many industries. She has met face-to-face with key decision makers in banking, insurance, auto manufacturing, property development, media, and entertainment. In addition, she has appeared onstage as a panel member and presenter in high-level conferences, covering how robotics and artificial intelligence will become a prevalent part of people’s lives. Her reputation extends beyond business into the global social arena. She was named the world’s first United Nation Innovation Champion by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and will have an official role in working with UNDP to promote sustainable development and safeguard human rights and equality.