World news – The robot artist sells art for USD 688,888 and now has his eye on the music career


The sale showed a growing frenzy in the NFT market where people can acquire ownership rights to digital content.

Published: April 03, 2021 17:34 |

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Sophia will answer questions on March 29, 2021 at the Hanson Robotics Studio in Hong Kong. (Photo | AP)

HONG KONG: Sophia is a robot with many talents – she speaks, jokes, sings and even makes art.

In March she caused a stir in the art world as a digital work that it created as part of a collaboration, sold at auction for USD 688,888 in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT).

The sale highlighted a growing frenzy in the NFT market, where people can acquire ownership rights to digital content .

NFTs each have a unique digital code stored in blockchain ledgers that allows anyone to verify the authenticity and ownership of items.

David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong and Sophia’s inventor, has been developing robots for two and a half decades.

He believes that realistic-looking robots can connect with people and help in industries such as healthcare and education.

Sophia is Hanso’s most famous robot creation n Robotics with the ability to mimic facial expressions, hold conversations and recognize people.

« I imagined Sophia herself as a creative work of art that could create art, » said Hanson in an interview.

« Sophia is the culmination of many arts and engineers, and the idea that they could then create art was a way for them to connect emotionally and visually with people, « he said.

Sophia then processed his work via neural networks and created their own digital work of art.

The digital work, which sold for $ 688,888, is titled « Sophia Instantiation, » and is a 12-second video file showing Bonaceto’s portrait, which turns into Sophia’s digital Painting developed.

The buyer, a digital art collector and artist named 888 with the Twitter handle @ Crypto888crypto, later sent Sophia a photo of his painted arm.

The robot then processed this, added this knowledge and added it to her nd painted more lines on her original piece.

In a tweet on Sophia’s account, the work was described as the first NFT collaboration between an « AI, a mechanical collective being and an artist-collector ».

« As an artist I have computational creativity in my algorithms and create original works, « said Sophia when asked what inspires her in relation to art.

 » But my art is created in collaboration with my people in a kind of collective intelligence like you Human Artificial Intelligence Hive Mind. « 

In March, a digital artwork by artist Beeple – real name Mike Winkelmann – sold for nearly $ 70 million, breaking records and making it the most expensive digital artwork of all time .

Henri Arslanian, PricewaterhouseCooper’s global crypto leader, said NFTs give people « boastful rights » to the assets they own.

« And what about NF What is really amazing is that not only does it allow you to show the wider world that you own this, but it really makes that connection between the NFT owner and the artists, ”he said Selling art without traditional intermediaries so that artists can interact directly with buyers without being restricted by galleries or auction houses, Arslanian said.

Sophia will keep painting, said Hanson, and the next step in the career Robot could be that of a musician.

She is working on several musical works in a project called Sophia Pop, where she works with human musicians to generate music and lyrics, he said.

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