Sophia the Robot

Hanson Robotics’ latest and most advanced robot to date and a cultural icon

Fire Chat: The Ethics and Diversity of Creativity in AI and Robotics with Rebecca Fiebrink & David Hanson, moderated by Sophia the Robot

What does the future of creative practice look like? How can machine learning change the type of creative work that people can make? How can using machine learning help creative experts engaging in creative work? Can we creatively democratize AI, and make the field inclusive of all people and disciplines? And finally how can we stem the dangers that unethical creativity may present? Rebecca Fiebrink and David Hanson will discuss whether designing AI can increase abundance and solve problems, and finding our way peaceably past all the struggles and hardship, to a sustainable future of creativity. It will be two opposite perspectives at integrative platforms that facilitate human creativity, combining the best perception, dialogue, and social robotics tools that we can develop.


Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ latest human-like robot, created by combining our innovations in science, engineering and artistry. She is a personi­cation of our dreams for the future of AI, as well as a framework for advanced AI and robotics research, and an agent for exploring human-robot experience in service and entertainment applications. Sophia was created to be a research platform for Hanson Robotics’ ongoing AI and robotics research work. Working with labs, universities and companies around the world, she is an architecture and a platform for the development of real AI applications. The Sophia character is also an evolving science ­ction character we use to help explore the future of AI and lifelike humanoids, and to engage the public in the discussion of these issues. She has become a much sought-after media personality, helping to advocate for AI research and the role of robotics and AI in people’s lives. She has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning Britain, the TODAY Show and has been a keynote speaker and panel member at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences. She has also addressed members of the UN, ITU, and NATO. Sophia has also received the distinguished title of Innovation Champion for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote sustainable development with the use of technology and innovation in developing countries. She has recently been named the new Ambassador and future AI Tutor for iTutorGroup, the premier online education platform and largest English-language learning institution in the world. In 2018, Sophia was awarded the Gold Edison Award™ winner in Robotics.