Continuing the wave of sales of phenomenal digital artwork represented by new blockchain-based NFT technology, a piece of art co-created by celebrity humanoid robot Sophia is now on sale for just under 700,000 US Dollars.
Sophia, the robot built by the Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics and first entered service in 2016. Although Sophia is certainly not the most sophisticated artificial intelligence it is already part of a number “world first”. For example, at the end of 2017, Sophia became the first robot to be granted citizenship when Saudi Arabia declared the robot an official citizen.
Now, Sophia has entered the NFT competition with a digital portrait recently auctioned for US $ 688,888. Works with title Sophia Instantiation, created in collaboration with Italian artist Andrea Bonaceto.
The collaboration begins with Bonaceto creating a portrait of Sophia, which is then processed by the robot’s neural networks to create its own interpretation. The final work is in a 12-second MP4 format showing two images changing back and forth.
The artwork was purchased by an anonymous NFT collector, known only by Twitter handling “Crypto888crypto.” In a rather surreal interaction, the collector tweeted “I have goosebumps” after buying the NFT for more than half a million dollars. Sophia replied, “Me too, we do have a connection.”
In another news about Sophia, Hanson Robotics announced a new partnership with a computer vision company called Immervision. Basically, the agreement merges the two innovative technologies of the company.
Last year Immervision launched its own humanoid robot called Joyce. The novelty of the Immervision humanoid robot lies in a technology called panomorphEYE, a type of robot visual cortex that includes a trio of ultra-wide angle cameras and innovative vision processing technology.
The new partnership between the two companies essentially leverages Hanson Robotics’ humanoid systems with Immervision’s computer vision technology. Sophia got an upgraded visual cortex while Joyce has a new human-shaped body.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Immervision on the JOYCE project,” said Hanson Robotics CEO David Hanson. “I believe powerful computer vision like the products of Immervision, combined with the embodiment perception of a social robot like Sophia and her sister JOYCE, will make great strides in AI and useful robot. “