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Creepy robot Sophia interviewed on live TV

By T.K. Randall
June 22, 2017 · Comment icon 21 comments

Is this the future of robotics ? Image Credit: YouTube / Hanson Robotics
Designed to emulate a human woman, the eerie robot answered questions on a TV show in the UK this week.
The remarkable creation, which could be set to redefine how humanity interacts with machines, is the latest in a long line of realistic talking robots developed by Texas-based firm Hanson Robotics.

Known as 'Sophia', the female robot possesses a strikingly human-like face which combines the features of actress Audrey Hepburn with those of the wife of the company's CEO, David Hanson.

With the ability to emulate over sixty separate facial expressions, the robot is perhaps the most human-like machine ever created.
Its most recent appearance was on British TV show Good Morning Britain where hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid carried out an interview using a series of pre-determined questions.

"She is sitting next to me blinking - I'm slightly afraid of her, oh my goodness," said Reid.

The full interview, which aired yesterday on ITV, can be viewed below.

Source: Digital Spy | Comments (21)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by F3SS 6 years ago
That's too much. Pair that with Boston Dynamics and it's The T-800.
Comment icon #13 Posted by fred_mc 6 years ago
Me neither. I just found it fascinating. However, I found the questions asked by the reporters quite stupid. Why ask it silly questions like about romance, it is a robot, not a human.
Comment icon #14 Posted by kartikg 6 years ago
I think those are pretty valid questions cause the effort is put on the human like qualities of it. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Ex Machina. That movie is kind of scary.  I've never read the comic.
Comment icon #16 Posted by NuclearImplosion 6 years ago
Excellent film, and indeed, quite a psychological thriller. First thing that came to my mind when I saw Sophia talking ... one of the early models in the closet.  
Comment icon #17 Posted by The Silver Thong 6 years ago
Another joke from her  
Comment icon #18 Posted by seeder 6 years ago
Sophia Awakens Episode 2  
Comment icon #19 Posted by seeder 6 years ago
Robot Meets Self Driving Car - Sophia by Hanson & Jack by Audi     Human-Like Robot Steals Show at GMIC 2016 in Beijing  
Comment icon #20 Posted by F3SS 6 years ago
This technology is incredible. We are going to be facing a lot of ethical questions and debates in the future when these things are everywhere and even more natural looking and acting. 
Comment icon #21 Posted by The Silver Thong 6 years ago
Wonder what would happen if you gave her a kiss on the cheek for being so cute

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