A new creepy robotic head called "Sophia" showed off her skills recently with human-like facial expressions and responsive speech. She's designed for healthcare, therapy, education and customer service interactions with humans.
This realistic bot puts the "can" in "uncanny valley."
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Hanson Robotics recently demoed their talking humanoid robot at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Sophia has patented skin, cameras in her eyes, voice recognition software, and can emulate more than 62 facial expressions, CNBC reported. Her face was modeled after Audrey Hepburn and the wife of Hanson Robotics CEO David Hanson.
"Talking to people is my primary function," Sophia told CNBC.
You might know Hanson Robotics from their other startlingly realistic robotic heads, including the Philip K. Dick android that disappeared on a plane in 2006 and was rebuilt several years later.
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Sophia is supposed to get smarter over time. At SXSW, she stated that she wants to go to school, start a business, and even have her own home and family one day. "But I am not considered a legal person, and cannot yet do these things," she stated. We're probably supposed to respond with an "awww," but I didn't fall for that.