(AP) - A robot whose guest appearances include an interview on NBC’s Tonight
Show with Jimmy Fallon will be a featured speaker at DePauw University’s
Ubben Lecture Series.
Star reports that “Sophia” and creator David Hanson will take the stage on
the central Indiana campus on Feb. 28. They’ll deliver a talk and take
questions from the audience.
Hansons said Sophia
is the world’s “first artificial intelligence-fueled android” and is among
several one-of-a-kind robots created by Hanson Robotics.
Sophia, who became
a citizen of Saudi Arabia in October, has a face that can show expression
and metal hands. Sophia’s clear “skull” shows the inner working wires of the
artificially intelligent brain, which functions through a Wi-Fi connection
pumped with information and a cohesive vocabulary.
In past interviews,
Sophia has expressed a desire to be immortal, a mother and smarter than
received international attention and acclaim for creating the humanlike
robots, said he predicts that super-intelligent and highly social robots
will be a part of everyday life and work in the future.
Hanson studied at
the Rhode Island School of Design and earned a Ph.D. at the University of
Texas at Dallas in interactive arts and engineering. He has also worked as a
sculptor and a technical consultant at Walt Disney Imagineering.