Wow! Realistic Robot Sophia was the Most Photographed Woman at #SXSW | Watch the Interview

The most photographed woman at South By Southwest was surprisingly not even human. Here’s a short clip from the #SXSW Interview with Oscar Raymundo –

Sophia, a female humanoid robot was developed by Hanson Robotics six months ago. This alpha-prototype came to SXSW (The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals showcase the future of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies since 1987) for the first time last week and became an instant sensation. But unlike human celebrities, Sophia seemed uncomfortable with all the attention.

“Rather than be a spectacle, I would rather learn and participate,” Sophia told the audience during her panel.

She looked eerily similar to the robot protagonist in Ex Machina but without the legs. When she was unveiled you could see the computers in her head through a transparent dome. In these early stages, Sophia was designed to stand out.

Oscar Raymundo from Macworld got a chance to sit down with this humanoid robot for 20 minutes at SXSW. But before he could engage in conversation, the Hanson Robotics team had to connect her to the local Wi-Fi and to a laptop for her audio output. Once she was all hooked up, her comprehension skills were elementary at best.

When she was stumped and could not deliver an appropriate response to one of the questions, she was not ashamed to say, “I don’t know” or rephrase the question.  Most humans would consider this rude, and it made it difficult to have a back-and-forth conversation. Even though Sophia did get philosophical and talked about believing in God, some of her responses were culled from searching the Internet—hence the need for Wi-Fi.

The most human aspect of Sophia is her face. Hanson Robotics has patented a special skin-like rubber, or “frubber,” so that Sophia can have more than 60 types of facial expressions. According to Dr. David Hanson, robots need to have a “beautiful and expressive” face so that they can communicate more intuitively with humans.

Dr. Hanson, who previously worked with Disney and has created other humanoid robots, believes that a human-like face is a “critical” part of the future of robotics.

During his SXSW panel, Dr. Hanson said that he hopes Sophia as a software and hardware platform will be a “nexus” for developing other robots with facial expressions and social presence. In the future, these robots could be employed as Ebola nurses or even tap into their super-intelligence to become Chief Robotics Officers at a big corporation.

Dr. Hanson states that:

“robots will be more human than human,” “more intelligent, more ethical. Better at certain tasks because robots don’t lose their patience.”

He later proceeded on to explain the ethical implications concerning robots and enslavement disclaiming that these robots could be employed for sex therapy, but that is not something his company is going to pursue.

“We’re just sidestepping all these issues for now –  We’re not going to make sexbots,” he said.

13 Comments on Wow! Realistic Robot Sophia was the Most Photographed Woman at #SXSW | Watch the Interview
  • Mama March 20, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Oyinbo don come again Ooooo.
    Why are they so desperate to replace women nau??? Very soon this one go dey sleep with man and born pikin.
    Scary!!!

  • Tell me March 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    The robot looks like Jennifer Lawrence. JLaw sue their asses! lol

  • Discreet Succes March 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I fink is cool buh jux wondering in d near future wt all d rate of unemployment dis high, we wuld b eliminatin human employment 2 replace humanoid robots. Hw will we put food on d table wen our jobs re given 2 robots dt dnt need it.

    • Agape March 20, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      What do fink, buh and jux mean, please? ?

    • Tosin March 21, 2016 at 2:01 am

      yes, correct.
      i propose starting to adjust to that reality. for example, cut the workweek by half for most workers. robots everywhere already, most of the time we don’t recognize this because they’re not human-like…

  • purpliciousbabe March 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    UTTER UTTER NONSENSE if you ask me. The cons is more than the pro…
    Pls invest the money somewhere else.
    BK

    • purpliciousbabe March 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      The cons far outweigh the pros… We haven’t eliminated poverty we are building robots. Na so we go use our hands destroy this earth completely.

  • Ebere March 20, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    The robot said “I will destroy the world”……….A terrible idea….

  • Tunmi March 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant

  • Uby March 20, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    They are just showing you what is expected to come in the future. Mixing human and animal DNAs, thinking artificial intelligence can replace God. LOL….

  • Eve March 21, 2016 at 12:40 am

    This is how Terminator started ohhh… Robots get smarter and decide they want to destroy the human race. Didn’t the silly inventor watch Terminator???

  • speaker March 21, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Unfortunately for those who think this is a sex slave or something to help us develop as humans and help us improve our technology, that’s not the case. These things are designed to infiltrate our communities. At first they will help us and convince the nay sayers that they are good but when the orders to annihilate the Christians or anyone who does not obey the unpresidental laws of the government. It would be too late to run or hide because they will know you better than you know yourself and anticipate your instincts. Don’t go packing your things and run this planet is not that big, but when the law comes out don’t be shocked or expect protection from the government. Everyone for themselves. Don’t trust the robots

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