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.
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.
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.
Near the end of the demo, Hanson asked Sophia if she wanted to destroy humans, playfully pleading for her to say no. She responds with a cheerful “OK, I will destroy humans.” Hanson, laughing, says, “I take it back!” Watch the demo here: