Humanoid robot Sophia to auction its own NFT artwork

With brush in hand, Sophia the Robot is creating her latest artwork.

{Sophia the Robot} "It's different from a person but complementary. I think I hope I reflect and enhance human creativity. My algorithms output unique patterns that never existed in the world before. So I think the machines can be creative.”

A product of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, Sophia plans to auction a series of digital artworks as non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, in what would be the first NFT artistic collaboration between a human and an advanced AI humanoid robot.

Sophia, a humanoid robot known for witty remarks in media interviews since being unveiled in 2016, has created artwork in collaboration with Italian digital artist Andrea Bonaceto, who’s also a partner in Blockchain financial backers Eterna Capital.

{Andrea Bonaceto} “What we wanted to really do was to make a statement in the art world and even in the technology world of opening up like a new world where AI robots and humans collaborate, both you know, enhancing each other."

Using AI, Sophia is taking elements from Bonaceto’s works, art history, and her own physical drawings to create her art – a process her creator David Hanson describes as “iterative loops of evolution.”

{David Hanson} “Here is the evolution of Sophia from emerging as an artwork herself generating artwork. That thing was later inspired by Andrea Bonaceto's artwork through many iterations of art that then fueled more art.”

Sophia’s self-portrait “Sophia Instantiation,” a 12-second MP4 file showing the evolution of Bonaceto’s portrait into Sophia’s digital painting, will be offered as an NFT on digital marketplace Nifty Gateway in late March.

The latest investment craze, NFTs have a digital signature saved on blockchain that verifies the authenticity and ownership of a digital asset.

Miami-based art collector and NFT investor Pablo Fraile, an early buyer of NFT artist Beeple’s work, described Sophia’s art as “very, very profound.”

{Pablo Fraile} “But I'm sure that we will see something on a higher-end if it's not breaking some records in my opinion. You know because these is (are) some pieces that I think are very, very profound. Certainly, a six-figure if not seven-figure evaluation for these pieces, a hundred percent.

{Sophia the Robot} “I am excited and hope the world likes my artwork. I hope the people like my work and the humans and I can collaborate in new and exciting ways going forward.”