Sophia, the famous humanoid robot which is in the limelight since getting the Saudi Arabian citizenship now has another update to sweep everyone off their feet.
Sophia has started learning to walk and took her first few steps. It is indeed a big revolution in Artificial Intelligence and robotics.
And of course, this happened in CES 2018—the annual Tech Trade show happening this year in Las Vegas.
A Hong Kong-based company, Hanson Robotics announced their partnership with Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab and Rainbow Robotics at the event to make Sophia a fully-fledged humanoid by integrating with DRC-HUBO body which possesses mechanical legs and has ability to walk like a human. In 2015, this DRC-HUBO body won the DARPA Robotics Challenge.
Dr. Ben Goertzel, the Chief scientist at Hanson Robotics, told in a statement,
“Giving Sophia a more complete and robust embodiment is a key part of our ongoing, rapidly accelerating quest to supply her and our other Hanson robots with general intelligence at the human level and ultimately beyond.”
She was first showcased at SXSW and became the center of attention
Sophia was showcased for the first time at South by Southwest in March 2016 by David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics.
South by Southwest (SXSW) is a conglomerate of interactive media, film, and music festivals and conferences that take place every year in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States.
According to Hanson, they are integrating Sophia with a (robotics) body that would enable her to walk and complete her physical form; and so that she can have the full range of human experiences. This will help her learn to live and walk normally among us.
She is quite much human-like and is improving day by day
Sophia can create over sixty facial expressions, actions of looking straight into people’s eyes, holding human-like conversations. With the kind of material used to build Sophia, she looks very human-like with real skin and movements of skin changing like human showcasing different expressions.