Designer of the World’s Most Humanlike Robots
Giving rise to genius machines with superhuman intelligence, empathy and expressiveness, Dr. David Hanson has received international acclaim for creating the world’s most humanlike robots, most notably celebrity humanoid, Sophia. Truly a renaissance man for our time, Dr. Hanson combines vast technical expertise in AI and robotics with the artistry of a sculptor, the insights of a cognitive scientist and an extraordinary vision of bringing humanoids to everything from autism treatment and caregiving to scientific research and customer service. Inspirational and engaging, he foresees a future in which caring, super-intelligent and highly social robots are part of everyday life and work, partnering with humans to create a better world. Read More >
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"I've hosted some of the world's best-known names as coordinator of DePauw's Ubben Lecture Series, but I'm not certain any of them had the impact that David Hanson and Sophia left on our campus. Dr. Hanson is both brilliant and compelling, and has the added bonus of being a terrifically nice person. And the subject matter -- the future that is coming at us faster every day -- is fascinating. David and Sophia packed the house and audience members could be overheard talking about what they heard and learned on the way out of the venue. The program also brought some terrific media attention to the university. In 2018 it's very difficult to find a program that is captivating yet doesn't risk alienating a segment of the audience -- this is a home run. We all live in this world, and it seems we have company arriving soon -- it's a lot to ponder and an incredibly thought provoking message to present to your group."