Hong Kong (AP)-Sophia is a talented robot-she can talk, joke, sing and even do art. In March, when the digital work she created as part of the collaboration was sold at auction for $688,888 in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFT), it caused a sensation in the art world.
The sale highlights the growing enthusiasm of the NFT market, where people can buy ownership of digital content. Each NFT has a unique digital code stored on the blockchain ledger, allowing anyone to verify the authenticity and ownership of the project.
David Hanson, CEO of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics and founder of Sophia, has been developing robots for the past two and a half years. He believes that realistic-looking robots can connect with people and assist industries such as healthcare and education.
Sophia is the most famous robot creation of Hanson Robotics, which has the ability to imitate facial expressions, conduct dialogues and recognize people. In 201
Hansen said in an interview: “I think Sophia himself is a creative artwork that can create art.”
He said: “Sophia is the culmination of many arts and engineering, and then the idea that she can create art is a way for her to connect with people emotionally and visually.”
Sofia collaborated with the Italian painter Andrea Bonaceto, who painted a portrait of Sofia. Sophia then processed his work through neural networks and continued to create her own digital works.
The digital work sells for US$688,888 and is titled “Sophia Instantiation”. It is a 12-second video file showing that Bonaceto’s portrait is evolving into Sophia’s digital painting. Physical artwork accompanied by Sophia’s paintings.
The buyer is a digital art collector, an artist known as 888, and using the Twitter handle @Crypto888crypto, he later sent a picture of his painted arm to Sofia. The robot then processed the image to add the image to her knowledge and drew more brushstrokes on top of its original work.
In Sophia’s tweet, the work was described as the first NFT collaboration between “artificial intelligence, mechanical collective and artist-collector”.
“When I became an artist, I was computationally creative in algorithms and could create original works,” Sophia said when asked about the inspiration for art. “But my art is created in cooperation with humans, it is a kind of collective intelligence, just like the hive-like thinking of human-artificial intelligence.
Sophia’s art sold as NFT is part of the growth trend. In March, the digital artwork of artist Beeple (whose real name is Mike Winkelmann) sold for nearly $70 million, breaking records and making it the most expensive digital artwork ever.
Henri Arslanian, head of global cryptocurrency at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said that NFTs give people “braggering rights” to their assets.
He said: “The really amazing thing about NFT is that it not only allows you to show what you have to the wider world, but it does establish a bond between NFT holders and artists.”
Arslanian said this also allows artworks to be sold without traditional intermediaries, allowing artists to directly contact buyers without being tied to galleries or auction houses.
Hansen said that Sophia will continue to paint, and the next step in the robotics career may be a musician. He said that she is working on several musical works in a project called Sophia Pop, where she works with human musicians to create music and lyrics.
Hansen said: “We are very excited about Sophia’s career.”