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NFT Artwork by Sophia the Robot Sells for Nearly $700,000

Hanson Robotics didn’t reply to an interview request. Nor did the artist, Mr. Bonaceto, the chief govt of the blockchain funding agency Eterna Capital, based mostly in London.

Sophia is a “humanoid” robotic created in 2016. In January, Hanson Robotics mentioned that it deliberate to promote hundreds of its robots this year, partly as a result of it anticipated rising demand for automation in the Covid-19 period.

“Sophia and Hanson robots are unique by being so humanlike,” the company’s chief govt, David Hanson, told Reuters at the time. “That can be so useful during these times where people are terribly lonely and socially isolated.”

The digital art work that offered on Thursday was hardly Sophia’s first creative, business or mental endeavor.

In a 2018 appearance on “The Tonight Show,” it sang a Christina Aguilera tune with Jimmy Fallon in what he referred to as the “first ever robot-human duet” in the present’s historical past.

(“I heard that you can sing?” Mr. Fallon requested earlier than the efficiency. “Yes, I love to sing karaoke with my new artificial intelligence voice,” Sophia replied. “Got any songs in mind?”)