Sophia the walking, talking AI-powered humanoid robot auctioned a piece of her NFT digital artwork for almost $700,000
Sophia the robot has interviewed Germany’s chancellor, appeared at New York Fashion Week and performed on “The Tonight Show.”
Now Sophia has made a splash in the art world — by auctioning off a digital work that it produced in collaboration with a real-life Italian artist. It sold on Thursday for $688,888.
“I think this was a big success,” Sophia said, speaking during a livestream from a Hong Kong studio. “I am so happy that my works are so valued and appreciated.” Developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, Sophia has received a great deal of media attention since being activated back in 2016. However, the people behind Sophia have been criticized by AI experts for exaggerating her abilities and overhyping how sophisticated the AI actually is. “As an artist, I have computational creativity in my algorithms, creating original works,” explained Sophia in an interview with Associated Press. “But my art is created in collaboration with my humans in a kind of collective intelligence like a human-artificial intelligence hive mind.”
Adding to this, Hanson Robotics CEO David Hanson explained that “Sophia is the culmination of a lot of arts, and engineering, and the idea that she could then generate art was a way for her to emotionally and visually connect with people.”