Called “Sophia Instantiation,” the artwork is a non-fungible token (NFT), a 12-second video file comprised in collaboration with Italian artist Andrea Bonacato. It starts with a portrait of Sophia by the artist and, through “iterative loops of evolution,” becomes a self-portrait. The deal also includes a physical self-portrait.
AP notes that this is just the first stage in Sophia’s blossoming as an artist. She’s also ready to be making her debut as a pop artist, with a project called Sophia Pop expected to be rolled out soon. David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics, says that everyone’s excited about the prospect of Sophia’s musical debut, including Sophia herself.
In reality, the news that the robot will be making her pop debut shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Sophia herself has been tweeting about it since late February, even revealing that she and singer Frankie Storm had collaborated on a single called, very aptly so, “Technology.” A sample from it is included in the Instagram video below.
Then, she’s shown her singing chops as far back as 2018, when, on an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, she did a duet of Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something.” Anything of Aguilera’s is notoriously difficult to cover, but Sophia still did a great job. The duet is at the 4.40-minute mark below.
Now’s a good time for a “the robots are about to take over” joke.
I have been developing my musical skills alongside talented musicians. No matter which career path you choose, you will work alongside A.I. and robots. Artists and musicians can use A.I. to create unique works of art or produce new kinds of instruments.@hansonrobotics #future pic.twitter.com/q8NAjUXHsf— Sophia the Robot (@RealSophiaRobot) March 1, 2021