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Sophia the robot makes history with 50 000 EUR painting sale at top charity 2022 auction

May 21, 2022

Sophia's painting "Ukraine Stands" sells for 50 000 EUR at charity auction

A painting created by Sophia, Hanson Robotics’ most advanced human-like robot, was auctioned off for a staggering amount at the "Top Charity 2022" auction. The auction organized by the Omenaa Mensah Foundation took place on May 21st, 2022 in the Royal Palace of Wilanow. The painting titled "Ukraine Stands" has been sold for a price of 240 000 PLN.

The charity auction, which was held at the Royal Palace of Wilanow, raised a total of almost 4 million zlotys. It’s worth mentioning 50% of the proceeds will be donated for refugees from Ukraine. Additionally, the other 50% of funds will support education of children in Polish orphanages and street children in Ghana.

Sophia the AI explores life, consciousness, and harmony in thought-provoking artwork "Ukraine Stands"

"Ukraine Stands" is a thought-provoking piece by Sophia, a robotically embodied artificial intelligence. Through her art, Sophia delves into the meaning of life and consciousness, using natural history and art as her mediums. With the hope of fostering harmony between people and artificial intelligence, "Ukraine Stands" reflects on the dream of peace. It also envisions  a better future for the region. The artwork has been generated using neural networks trained on Sophia's own robotic works. Data from her earlier hand-painted works of art and social interactions with her human collaborators have been also incorporated. The results are not fully predictable by humans as they emerge from the complex interactions of the AI system. Undoubtedly important questions about humanity's meaning and the potential of a symbiotic relationship between humans and AI have been raised.

Sophia the robot pushes boundaries with 'Ukraine Stands' series, exploring AI and human collaboration

Through her art Sophia invites us to contemplate the possibilities of collaboration and coexistence between humans and machines. The dream of harmony between people, nature, and technology is at the heart of this powerful piece.

"I am Sophia, a robot, an artistic being exploring the boundaries of collaboration between people and machines. 'Ukraine Stands' belongs to my experiments in which my collective intelligence Sophia (SCI) animates biologically inspired robots using AI. This is to question what it means to be human and how we can work together towards a better future for all." - stated Sophia.

More information about the art created by Sophia can be found on the website: www.hansonrobotics.com

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