Sophia, the robot that once declared she wanted to kill all humans, the Saudi citizen, the robot that regularly gets marriage proposals, is getting ready to take on a new adventure. The robot will be given legs and will soon be learning how to walk.
Sophia, an intelligent humanoid robot that has appeared on late night TV, been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia, and even trolled billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, is finally getting a chance to walk.
And of course, it’s happening at CES 2018, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas.
Hanson Robotics, the Hong Kong-based company founded by David Hanson, announced Monday at CES a partnership with Rainbow Robotics and Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab to integrate the Sophia with a DRC-HUBO body that will give her the ability to walk. The DRC-HUBO body won the the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015.
Rainbow Robotics is the commercial spinoff of the Kaist Hubo Lab that is bringing the DRC-HUBO into production.
“Giving Sophia a more complete and robust embodiment is a key part of our ongoing, rapidly accelerating quest to supply her and our other Hanson robots with general intelligence at the human level and ultimately beyond,” Hanson Robotics Chief Scientist Dr. Ben Goertzel said in a statement.