Hanson Robotics, the company behind viral internet android Sohpia, is preparing to send out more robots this year.
Here’s everything worth noting about Sophia and the company’s robot future.
- Sophia was unveiled in 2016 and gained viral status online due to how realistic she acts and looks.
- The robot is the creation of David Hanson, the founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics.
- He says that the company is preparing to release thousands of robots this year as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.
- Hanson believes that robots will see a boom during the pandemic as people search for social interaction during isolation.
- To go along with that, Sophia’s creator also says that the robots can have uses in other fields, such as airlines of healthcare.
- This has Hanson Robotics planning to launch four different models of robots this year to meet those needs.
- That includes Grace, which is an android designed for use in the healthcare sector.
- Interest in robots was already rising ahead of the pandemic with global sales of professional service robots reaching $11.2 billion from 2018 to 2019.
- If Hanson is right about his coronavirus predictions, then the world really might see more and more robots roll out this year.
- Hanson has been a long-time supporter of a robot future.
- In a 2018 paper, he claimed that humans will begin marrying lifelike robots by the year 2045.
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On the date of publication, William White did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.