In April 2017, a dainty brown-eyed young woman made her international debut at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. No, she wasn’t the newest singing sensation to be your radio, she is Sophia the robot, the most sophisticated humanoid robot created to date. Since then, Sophia has been endlessly covered by the media and even granted dozens of interviews. Sophia was created by the geniuses at Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics. Here are six amazing facts about Sophia the robot.
1. Her creator once worked for Disney Imagineering
Sophia’s lead developer David Hanson once worked as a sculptor and filmmaker for the forward-thinking Imagineering division at Disney. His role at the company helped him think of robots as more than just machines, but as four-dimensional, artistic sculptures. He stated on the company website, “I quest to realize Genius Machines – machines with greater than human intelligence, creativity, wisdom and compassion. To this end, I conduct research in robotics, artificial intelligence, the arts, cognitive science, product design and deployment, and integrate these efforts in the pursuit of novel human-robot relations.”