A humanoid robot by the name of Sophia is getting a mass-production rollout amidst the pandemic, in hopes that AI could provide company to those who miss human company.
The creepily-lifelike android is well known for its facial expressions and realistic skin, and may soon be utilized to assist with mental health.
Sophia and other Hanson robots are unique by being so human-like,” said said David Hanson, founder and chief executive of Hanson Robotics. “That can be so useful during these times where people are terribly lonely and socially isolated.”
According to the Daily Mail, Hanson believes that the robots could be used to augment or outright replace people in service and healthcare industries and expects thousands to be delivered in 2021.
“The world of COVID-19 is going to need more and more automation to keep people safe,” he said.
The humanoid robots are being produced in Hong Kong, and will begin to hit the market later this year.
Hanson is known for writing a paper,titled “Entering The Age of Living Intelligent Systems and Android Society.”
By 2045, Hanson expects that robots will marry, vote in elections and own their own land- and eventually surpass human beings.
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