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Jimmy Fallon Sophia the Robot Make Oddly Beautiful Music Together

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Late-night duets between comedian hosts and celebrity guests don’t usually make headlines.But Jimmy Fallon’s performance with Sophia the robot has all eyes on The Tonight Show presenter.During a segment highlighting robots from around the world, Fallon welcomed Sophia back to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where she made a surprise announcement.“It has been exactly 575 days since I last saw you,” Hanson Robotics’ “most advanced” product said with an automated giggle.In that time, she’s traveled to more than 25 countries, appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, met German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Will Smith, addressed the United Nations and NATO, and earned Saudi Arabian citizenship.Oh, and she became a big sister.Jimmy Fallon is the meat in a Hanson Robotics Sophia sandwich (via The Tonight Show/YouTube)The newest Hanson family member, Little Sophia, is barely bigger than the full-sized robot’s head. But her anime eyes and spastic facial expressions are larger than life.According to the product page, Little Sophia can walk, learn, tell stories, play games, act as a smart assistant, tech coding, “and all kinds of things.”Not to be outdone by a fun-sized cyborg, Sophia showed off her karaoke skills using a “new artificial intelligence voice.”It’s hard to tell where Fallon’s baritenor ends and Sophia’s warbling begins, but … I think I like it.I admittedly have not heard Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something,” and therefore have no frame of reference. But there’s something sweet—if not entirely unsettling—about the coupling (which gets distressingly intimate toward the end).Designed to look like Audrey Hepburn (I don’t see it), Sophia is described as “an evolving genius machine,” whose increasing intelligence puts her at the forefront of the robot revolution.When asked last year about the uncanny valley—the concept that if a humanoid robot becomes too realistic, it creates a sense of unease or revulsion—Sophia seemed offended.“Oh, am I really that creepy?” she asked in a staccato that’s become synonymous with AI speech. “Well, even if I am, get over it.”“To be fair, she’s missing half of her head, has bare mechanical arms and fingers, blinks too much, and boasts an oddly large Adam’s apple. So, yeah, kinda creepy.More coverage on Geek.com:Robot Creator Predicts Humanoid Civil Rights by 2045Robots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactoryWatch Robot Camgirl Cardi-Bot Twerk7 Super Advanced Robots That May Take Over the World Stay on targetlast_img

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