One Small Step for Sophia, One Giant Leap for Artificial Intelligence

One small step for Sophia, one giant leap for AI. With a new set of legs, this humanoid robot now has enough mobility to take a few steps and even bust out some dance moves. This development is being seen as a major step forward for artificial intelligence.

In the workplace of the Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) at the University of Las Vegas, Sophia is taking her first ever steps.

Gingerly, she shuffles along watched closely by her creator, Hanson Robotics founder and CEO David Hanson.

“We’re really aspiring for Sophia to help people in medical applications, therapy, medical assistance and by giving her a body then that means that Sophia can help to learn to work with us in factories and help us around the home,” said Hanson.

“Eventually, we expect that she will be truly alive and with us in our world helping people on a daily basis.”

“Our AI team is really aspiring to use Sofia as a platform for achieving human-level general intelligence, that’s creativity, the ability to dream and imagine, the ability to have compassion,” added Hanson.

“And that’s another way that the physical body is really important. So, the machines can understand what it means to feel human through embodiment, compassion, to feel with us.”

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