A self-portrait painted by the human-like robot Sophia has been auctioned for nearly $ 700,000. The buyer on the Nifty Gateway auction platform is a digital artist who works under the pseudonym 888. For $ 688,888 (currently around 582,600 euros) he got the picture that Sophia painted with a brush in her mechanical hand. This also included a short video that was digitally signed by the NFT.
Sophia was introduced in 2016 by the Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics and has been seen at various conferences over the past few years. The robot is modeled on a human and tries, among other things, to imitate facial expressions when speaking. Hanson Robotics brought in the painter Andrea Bonaceto for the self-portrait project, as the company announced on Friday. Sophia painted her picture on a portrait of her previously made by Bonaceto. In the accompanying video, the two images merge.
(SERVICE – picture at auction platform Nifty Gateway: http://go.apa.at/7zYVD3Mv)
Accessed on March 27, 2021 at 02:39 on https://www.sn.at/panorama/international/fast-700-000-dollar-fuer-ein-roboter-selbstportraet-101655823