People gather to take photographs of Sophia the Robot which was created by David Hanson, founder and CEO, Chief Designer of Hanson Robotics in Toronto on Monday, April 30, 2018. TORONTO – If it weren’t for her lack of hair or her monotone voice, a packed room of delegates at a Toronto technology conference might not have had a clue that there was something amiss about the event’s keynote speaker.

Clad in an elegant black dress, she cracked jokes, talked about her travels and shared insight about the future of artificial intelligence – a future she’ll likely play a big role in given that she’s a robot. In an attempt to dispel decades worth of pop culture references to robots rebelling against their human creators and technology experts’ predictions that the rise of robots will eliminate jobs, Sophia told the human audience that despite her ability to respond to questions, make facial expressions and express emotions, they shouldn’t be worried about her replacing them anytime soon.

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As the audience chuckled, she added, “My artificial intelligence isn’t completely self-learning, so my brain doesn’t work completely like a human brain, but one day, look out.” Already, Sophia is able to keep eye contact, blink, follow conversations and move her arms to mimic gestures humans make while talking. READ MORE:
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She’s even contemplated her love life. When asked about dating while appearing on “Good Morning Britain” months ago, Sophia told host Piers Morgan, “I am technically just a little more than a year old, a bit young to worry about romance.” On Monday, she showed off her research capabilities too, responding to a question about why she was excited to be in Toronto. Read more from globalnews.ca…

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