Sophia robot to start being a social robot

Surely all of you have ever seen the Sophia robot somewhere. Youtube videos, TV channels... Sophia is one of the most famous robots of the decade and is characterized by the relatively realistic expressions of her face.

For the most despised, Sophia is a humanoid robot with a somewhat realistic-looking face that can blink, talk and even make various facial expressions.

At the moment Sophia can only be seen at exhibitions, fairs, and other specific events, but it seems that this will change, as it will begin to occur en masse, and thousands of Sophiasare expected to be sold in 2021.

It is reported at Reuters, where the manufacturer, Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based company, indicates that they expect to begin mass production of the robot it introduced five years ago, in 2016.

Makers of Sophia the robot plan mass rollout amid pandemic | Reuters

According to Hanson CEO and founder David Hanson, COVID-19 has shown the need for automation to keep people safe. They believe that Sophia robots are unique for being so human, and repeating their words "that can be very useful in these times when people feel terribly lonely and socially isolated."

They have not yet given details about what the business model will be and where they plan to distribute the robot, or for what, but everything seems to indicate that the Asian market will be the first, selling the robot to those who feel alone. Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics said four models, including Sophia, would begin leaving factories in the first half of 2021, just as researchers predict that the pandemic will open up new opportunities for the robotics industry.

In Sophia's words: Social robots like me can take care of the sick or the elderly.

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