Robot offers commencement speech powered by AI to disgruntled grads

Robot offers commencement speech powered by AI to disgruntled grads


Sophia the robot gave a speech during D’Youville University’s graduation ceremony to the disapproval of some.

Sophia answered questions with the help of artificial intelligence for six minutes while student body President John Rizk asked them. The robot did not don a cap and gown as most commencement speakers traditionally do but wore a hoodie from the private university. While Sophia’s torso, extremities and lower body are bare machinery, Hanson Robotics has given the now 8-year-old robot a silicone face to replicate the appearance of a human face, only without head hair.

“Although every commencement address is different, there are clear themes used by all speakers as you embark on this new chapter of your lives,” Sophia said in response to Rizk’s question on common themes

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