Sophia the robot, which was built by Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong and first unveiled in 2016 has taken the internet by storm. However, recently the world hasn’t seen much of Sophia, but that could soon be about to change.
Hanson Robotics has announced its ambitious plans to mass-produce robots by the end of the year. According to Reuters, Hanson Robotics says it has four models, including Sophia, that will start rolling out of factories in the first half of 2021. The decision to start mass-production of Sophia comes as researchers predict the pandemic will open new opportunities for the robotics industry.
“The world of COVID-19 is going to need more and more automation to keep people safe,” said founder and chief executive David Hanson.
Hanson has big ambitions for Sophia, as the chief executive aims to sell thousands of robots in 2021.
Professor Johan Hoorn from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, who worked on Sophia, said that despite the robot still being in its infancy stage, the pandemic could actually accelerate its development and advance the relationship between humans and robots.
“I can infer the pandemic will actually help us get robots earlier in the market because people start to realise that there is no other way,” said Hoorn in an interview with Reuters.
Take a look at what you can expect from Sophia when it eventually hits the market