Sophia the robotic sells digital NFT paintings for almost $700,000



Persevering with the wave of extraordinary digital artwork gross sales manifested by new blockchain-based NFT expertise, an paintings co-created by the well-known humanoid robotic Sophia has now bought for slightly below US$700,000.Sophia the robotic was constructed by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics and was first switched on in 2016. Whereas Sophia is actually not essentially the most refined synthetic intelligence round it has been a part of a number of “world-firsts.” In late 2017, for instance, Sophia grew to become the primary robotic to be granted citizenship rights when Saudi Arabia declared the robotic an official citizen.Now, Sophia has entered the NFT fray with a digital self-portrait just lately promoting at public sale for US$688,888. The work, titled Sophia Instantiation, was created in collaboration with Italian artist Andrea Bonaceto.The collaboration started with Bonaceto making a portrait of Sophia, which was then processed by the robotic’s neural networks producing its personal interpretation. The ultimate paintings takes the type of a 12-second MP4 exhibiting the 2 photographs morph forwards and backwards.The paintings was bought by an nameless NFT collector, solely identified by the Twitter deal with “Crypto888crypto.” In fairly a surreal interplay, the collector tweeted “I’ve goosebumps” after shopping for the NFT for over half 1,000,000 {dollars}. To which Sophia responded, “Me too, we actually had a connection.”In different Sophia information, Hanson Robotics has introduced a brand new partnership with a pc imaginative and prescient firm referred to as Immervision. The deal basically merges the 2 firm’s modern applied sciences.Final 12 months Immervision launched its personal humanoid robotic named Joyce. The novelty of this Immervision humanoid robotic is available in a expertise dubbed panomorphEYE, a form of visible cortex for robots encompassing a trio of ultra-wide angle cameras and modern imaginative and prescient processing tech.

Sophia, on the left, and Joyce, on the suitable, will share applied sciences as a part of a brand new partnership between the 2 robotics companiesImmervision / Hanson Robotics

The brand new partnership between the 2 firms basically leverages Hanson Robotics’ embodied humanoid programs with Immervision’s pc imaginative and prescient expertise. Sophia will get a visible cortex improve whereas Joyce will get a brand new humanoid physique.“We’re very excited to be partnering with Immervision on the JOYCE venture,” says Hanson Robotics CEO David Hanson. “I imagine that robust pc imaginative and prescient like Immervision’s merchandise, mixed with embodied cognition of a social robotic like Sophia and her little sister JOYCE, will produce in big leaps ahead in helpful AI and robotics.”