Sophia, created by Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong, comments on the digital trend with NFT, a “non-exchangeable code.” It can be described as a testimony of authenticity in the online world, and is included when the work “Sophia Instiation” comes out under the hammer later this week.
We are heading to a new paradigm, she says in a monotone voice in a video on Twitter, where robots and humans work together in a creative process.
NFT is based on blockchains, a technology that makes it impossible to counterfeit cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and digital art. It’s a hot trend to say the least at the moment. NFT, with Beeple’s digital work “Everyday: The First 5,000 Days”, sold this week for a record $ 69 million (585 million kronor) at Christie’s Auction House.
Premiered in 2016, Sophia is styled with features of ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, movie star Audrey Hepburn, and Amanda Hanson, wife of researcher in charge, David Hanson. With the help of artificial intelligence (AI), a robot can, among other things, make simple calls.
In 2017, Sofia was praised by the United Nations Development Agency, the United Nations Development Program. When she visited a trade fair in Riyadh that same year, Saudi Arabia announced that it had acquired citizenship in the country. The regime declared this to be the first time a robot had become a citizen of any country – while critics described the plot as a revisionist maneuver to cover up the dictatorship’s abuses.