Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ latest and most advanced robot to date and a cultural icon. She has become a media darling, appearing on major media outlets around the world, igniting people’s interest regardless of age, gender and culture, and even gracing the cover of one of the top fashion magazines. Her press coverage had a potential reach of over ten billion readers in 2017.
Sophia is a highly sought-after speaker in business and has shown her prowess and great potential for many industries. She has met face-to-face with key decision-makers in banking, insurance, automobile manufacturing, property development, media and entertainment. In addition, she has appeared onstage as a panel member and presenter at high-level conferences, discussing 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 the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and will have an official role in working with the UNDP to promote sustainable development and safeguard human rights and equality.
Sophia is an evolving genius machine. Her incredible human likeness, expressiveness and remarkable story as a robot awakening over time makes her a fascinating front-page technology story.
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.