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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 1:00 am

Famous robot set to speak at DePauw lecture series

Associated Press

GREENCASTLE – A robot whose guest appearances include an interview on NBC's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon will be a featured speaker at DePauw University's Ubben Lecture Series.

The Indianapolis Star reports that “Sophia” and creator David Hanson will take the stage on the central Indiana campus Feb. 28. They'll deliver a talk and take questions from the audience.

Hanson said Sophia is the world's “first artificial intelligence-fueled android” and is among several one-of-a-kind robots created by Hanson Robotics.

Sophia, who became a citizen of Saudi Arabia in October, has a face that can show expression and metal hands. Sophia's clear “skull” shows the inner working wires of the artificially intelligent brain, which functions through a Wi-Fi connection pumped with information and a vocabulary.

Hansonpredicts super-intelligent and highly social robots will be a part of everyday life and work in the future.