David Hanson

Creator of Sophia the Robot & CEO of Hanson Robotics

  • Creator of the first robot citizen – Sophia the Robot
  • Founder & former CEO of Human Emulation Robotics
  • Founder of the Initiative for Awakening Machines
  • Co-Founder & former Board Member of SingularityNET
  • Former Sculptor, Robotics Researcher & Design Consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering

Discover David Hanson’s biography of published work below.

Humanizing Robots David Hanson
Humanizing Robots: How Making Humanoids Can Make Us More Human

David Hanson is a preeminent expert on robotics, who made headlines when he created the World’s first robot citizen – Sophia the Robot. Renowned for creating lifelike social robots, David is pioneering research into the interaction between humans and robots, spearheading the integration of social robots into society. The Founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics, David has made revolutionary breakthroughs in the development of humanlike robots, personifying the dreams of the future of AI. When looking for a distinguished keynote speaker who will discuss cutting-edge advanced robotics, don’t hesitate to hire David Hanson.

Back in 1996, David began what would flourish into an illustrious career working as a Sculptor for the Kern Sculpture Company. In 1998, he was appointed as a Sculptor, Robotics Researcher and Design Consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering, dedicating his work to the technical development of robotics for the Walt Disney Company. Having spent three years fostering his passion for robotics, David became the Founder and CEO of Human Emulation Robotics in 2003, researching into the development of robots that could match or even surpass the intelligence of humans. Determined to develop humanlike social robots, David became the CEO of Hanson Robotics. As the CEO of Hanson Robotics, David developed the most advanced human-like robot Sophia, who has since become the first robot Innovation Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme and appeared alongside David at speaking engagements for Good Morning Britain and the Tonight Show.

Since forging his success as the creator of Sophia the Robot, David has continued to combine innovation, science, engineering and artistry to become the creator of Little Sophia, Zeno, Albert HUBO, Han and Diego-San robots to name but a few. He has also become the Founder of the Initiative for Awakening Machines and the Co-Founder of SingularityNET. SingularityNET is a company conceptualised by David, a decentralised AI blockchain foundation striving to serve humanity with artificial intelligence that will appreciate human life. Commended for his pioneering robotics research, David has further extended his knowledge on robotics as the author of Humanizing Robots: How Making Humanoids Can Make Us More Human.

Named as the Tech Titans Innovator of the Year and awarded with the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, David is highly sought after for his detailed expertise on social robotics. Having created the World’s first robot citizen, David details the intersection of humans and robots – from how they will empower humankind to when to expect to see them in your day-to-day life. Having gained a reputation for creating robots that look as though they are genuinely alive, David is a leading innovator of experiential design, robotics engineering and evolving artificial intelligence. Don’t miss your opportunity to hire the innovative creator of social robots, David Hanson, today!

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