The robot Sophia was unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018)
Sophia is a very lifelike version of a real person (albeit a bald one) and is able to hold a conversation, answer and ask questions, smile and blink.
Sophia has already become such a celebrity she has appeared on chat shows and on the cover of a magazine.
Its creator, or should I say her creator, is Dr David Hanson of Hanson Robotics.
The company says: “Sophia is a highly sought-after speaker in business and showed 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.
“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.”
It all sounds pretty amazing – and like something out of a Dr Who episode. Let’s just hope Sophia, Siri and Alexa don’t try to take over the world…or maybe they already have.