Initially introduced in 2016, the human-like robot Sophia, with Saudi citizenship, has now become a robot-technology phenomenon.
She now takes her next move into the Metaverse after demonstrating her ability to talk to the United Nations and even sing with Jimmy Fallon, Bloomberg reported.
Her virtual anime version, Sophia beingAI, was “born” and will be launched in 100 intelligent non-fungible tokens (iNFTs). Then, this virtual version will be able to associate and react automatically to people in-game environment, similarly to the movie Free Guy, featuring Ryan Reynolds.
According to Business Insider, Noah’s Ark is the name of her virtual world.
Sophia beingAI is developed in cooperation with Alethea AI. Alethea AI is establishing a decentralized protocol to build an intelligent metaverse inhabited by interactive NFTs.
Sophia’s collection of iNFTs is named “The Transmedia Universe of Sophia beingAI.” Binance’s NFT marketplace will introduce it as part of an initial game offering (IGO) set, going live on Dec. 16.
The auction will last five days, with 20 iNFTs launched one at a time until Dec. 21.
While critics have raised their concerns about the humanity-devasting possibility of artificial intelligence (AI), the “mother” of Sophia believes that AI can prompt the human’s kind-heartedness.
“I believe the virtual format can allow us to scale to millions of concurrent interactions across devices and media platforms, which would create large-scale impact,” Jeanne Lim, the former CEO of Hanson Robotics, the Hong Kong-based company that built Sophia the robot, stated in an email.
Lim, who is also the CEO and co-founder of “being AI” which developed Sophia’s virtual version for the interactive NFT, expressed her wish that Sophia would “help humans attain our true nature of unconditional love and pure possibilities.”
Bloomberg reported that Elon Musk had voiced concern that AI technology could turn even riskier than nuclear weapons amid the global’s dramatically fierce run for AI.
On the contrary, HansOn Robotics founder David Hanson stayed positive about the prospect of AI.
He said that Sophia’s invention is a part of a larger effort to bring robots to life as “super empathic, intelligent, living machines.”