Founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics. Creator of Sophia. He has written two books, including Humanizing Robots, and has received several patents. It also won awards from NASA, NSF, Tech Titans' Innovator of the Year, RISD, Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, and in 2005 received an AAAI Award for Open Interaction with an Artificial Intelligence System. Hanson holds a PhD in Interactive Arts and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BFA in Video Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design. David develops Sophia's project, seeing great opportunities for humanity in combining the capabilities of humans with AI.