- Dinis Guarda’s recent interview with David Hanson continues in the tradition of Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series interviews with leading personalities in their fields.
- David Hanson is a global authority in AI and Robotics, creator of Sophia the Robot and CEO of Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based robotics company known for creating robots that look and act genuinely alive.
Top leading roboticist David Hanson is the latest global thought leader guest for Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil YouTube Series. Conducted by citiesabc and openbusinesscouncil founder Dinis Guarda, both experts talk extensively about AI and robotics and the importance of community, cutting-edge technology advancements and ethics in creating robots like Sophia for the future of mankind.
David Hanson Interview Notes
“It has seemed to me that humanizing the machines, making them into human characters [like Sophia the Robot] combining the best of AI, robotics and other technologies with the arts can transform cold technology to something that speaks to the human heart.”
In this extract from the podcast-like interview, David Hanson explained how robots can radically transform one area that was thought out-of-limits for machines: art. Talking about Sophia the Robot’s latest auction of her NFTs digital artwork, Mr. Hanson added that: “The idea of combining both techniques and technologies with cognitive robotics where the machines are operating under the principles of artificial life, learning, growing and experiment can transform how art is perceived by the consumers and by the artists.”
Published on Dinis Guarda YouTube channel, David Hanson provides a masterclass of how new iterations of AI and humanoid robots can support humans in a vast array of ways. Hanson believes social humanoid robots have the potential to serve humanity in a variety of functions and helping roles, like tutor, companion, or security guard.
David Hanson Biography
In fact, David Hanson is a global authority in AI and robotics. Through his company, Hanson Robotics, David develops robots that are widely regarded as the world’s most human-like in appearance. To accomplish these goals, Hanson integrates figurative arts with cognitive science and robotics engineering, inventions novel skin materials, facial expression mechanisms, and collaborative developments in AI, within humanoid artworks like Sophia the robot, which can engage people in naturalistic face-to-face conversations and currently serve in AI research, education, therapy, and other uses.
Throughout the interview, Mr. Hanson argues the realism of his work has the potential to pose "an identity challenge to the human being", and that realistic robots may polarize the market between those who love realistic robots and those who find them disturbing. Many of Hanson's creations currently serve at research or non-profit institutions around the world, including at the University of Cambridge, University of Geneva, University of Pisa and in laboratories for cognitive science and AI research.
That is why he believes that “for AI to truly become the disruptive technology we expect it has to be seen and developed as a cultural technology. We are developing AI and robots that will help us, that will take care of that and the planet, not to destroy us.”
He said: “I had a fascination with art, science fiction, and philosophy, dreaming of what robots could be. I imagined that if artificial intelligence ever did match human intelligence that it would re-design itself to be ever smarter, ever faster, you would have something like a Moore’s Law of super intelligent machines.”