According to RT TV channel, next to Sophia, Hanson will produce a new “Grace” robot for the healthcare field.
“The world during the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be more automated to keep people safe,” said company founder and CEO David Hanson.
According to the company leader, robots are not only useful in the medical care sector, but will also play a large role in the retail and consumer goods industry.
“Sophia and Hanson’s robot are unique in that they look very human. Therefore, it is very useful in a time when people feel lonely and socially isolated, “the CEO added that his company aims to sell” thousands “of robots but refuses to save reveal details.
Video of the robot Sophia can answer and show emotions like a real person (source: Reuters):
The robotics professor Johan Hoorn, who builds Sophia, believes the COVID-19 pandemic could spur the robotics industry faster than in the normal economy. “I believe that the pandemic will help us bring robots into the market earlier because people are starting to realize that there is no other way than to exploit the human resources from these machines,” the expert concluded.
In a year when the world was wavering because of COVID-19, many countries actively applied robotics and artificial intelligence to implement measures to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
At Sinagpore, Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot has been in use since the beginning of a pandemic to remind people in public places to maintain social distance. Meanwhile, in Italy, police use drones to monitor blockade orders. In China, Pepper – a half-humanoid robot made by SoftBank Robotics – is designed with the ability to recognize emotional expressions that can remind people to wear masks every day.