According to its website,
Hanson Robotics is the leader in creating the most humanlike robots with a full range of human facial expressions.
It is led by founder and CEO, Dr. David Hanson and has, in fact, created a robot capable of emulating over 62 facial expressions, has face and speech recognition, eye contact face-tracking, has conversational capabilities (through the utilization of the latest artificial intelligence software), and many other functions.
In the video, you will see Dr. Hanson actually having a conversation with Sophia. You can see the changes in her expression as she speaks and it’s pretty amazing to watch. According to Hanson Robotics, her lifelike skin is made from patented silicon whilst her looks are inspired by the late British actress, Audrey Hepburn and Dr. Hanson’s wife.
Currently, only two teams are developing humanlike robots on the planet: Hanson Robotics and Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories.
|Sophia, the human-like robot from Hanson Robotics.|
But if you’re worried that this robot might run amok like how the robots did in the famous “Terminator” movie franchise, Dr. Hanson said that they “are designing these robots to serve in health care, therapy, education and customer service applications” and not “destroy us”.
Although that little joke in the end got us at the edge of our seats.