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Humanoid robot “Sophia” to auction its NFT digital artwork

Robot holding a paint palette

Hanson Robotics will partner with SingularityNET to create Sophia collective, a platform for the humanoid’s digital art-related endeavors

Sophia, the social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics, is set to auction its own NFT digital artwork, according to an announcement from earlier today. The auction of the NFT collection is being hailed as yet another aspect of expansion within the booming non-fungible token space.

The NFT auction will be held next Tuesday, 23 March 2021, via the Nifty Gateway platform. Sophia’s NFT’s are inspired by artist Andrea Bonaceto’s collection with IV Gallery, a Los-Angeles-based gallery that was in-charge of curating the artist’s works.

The announcement also stated that multiple artworks from the NFT collection will be showcased on both Sophia’s and Bonaceto’s social media channels as part of the prep for the 23 March auction.

David Hanson, creator of Sophia the Robot explained the creative process behind Sophia’s interpretation of Bonaceto’s artwork by saying:

“We fed Andrea’s works into Sophia’s own neural networks, along with many of Sophia’s latest paintings. Subsequently, she generated a powerful series of new images, which she then rendered both digitally and as brush strokes, which she painted with her own hands.”

Sophia’s paintings began to develop a unique personality that resonated with Bonaceto’s art during the iterative process of developing the artwork, Hanson added.

Back in 2019, Sophia had declared that while it was aware of cryptocurrencies, the humanoid personality was not using virtual currencies. Almost two years later, the popular robot’s foray into NFTs can be viewed as an expansion in Sophia’s grasp of cryptocurrencies.

The announcement also revealed that the upcoming NFT drop on Nifty Gateway is only the beginning in a series of digital art-related endeavors for Sophia. Hanson Robotics is collaborating with SingularityNET, a decentralized AI firm, to create the Sophia Collective.

On one hand, the Sophia Collective is a crucial step for Hanson Robotics for achieving its goal of creating a global community for open-source collaboration in AI-oriented digital art.

On the other hand, the milestone is evidence that the popularity of NFTs continues to expand beyond the crypto space to artists and even musicians. Kings of Leon tokenized an album earlier this month and raised over $1.45 million in just the first five days of its sale.

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