‘Humanoid celebrity’ to keynote 2022 Hall of Fame induction


HIGH POINT — The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation has invited Sophia, the world’s first humanoid celebrity, to be the keynote speaker at the 2022 Induction Celebration on Oct. 23.

Her onstage, in-person conversation, will be an “only-at-the-Hall of Fame” feature event during the fall High Point Market, and it will be Sophia’s first interaction with the home furnishings industry and High Point Market.

“Sophia will enchant you with her superhuman intelligence and her advanced ability to read faces and understand the nuances of language. As you watch, you begin to forget she’s a robot,” said Caroline Hipple, president of the Foundation board of directors and president of Norwalk Furniture.  “Not only will she answer candid questions from the audience, but guests will have the opportunity to meet her and to have their photos taken with her.”

Sophia is the brainchild of Dr. David Hanson, a former Disney Imagineer and founder of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics. In addition to speaking about the moral and ethical questions that accompany non-human intelligent lifeforms, she also will discuss the potential of artificial intelligence and robotics. Sophia has discussed subjects ranging from “Will robots take over the world?” to how artificial intelligence could end hunger in developing nations.

The humanoid celebrity has spoken before the United Nations General Assembly, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, graced the cover of Elle magazine and been named the first non-human citizen of Saudi Arabia. Around the world, she has sung in concert, debated the future of the human race against another robot, and generated billions of views and social media interactions.

A versatile and ingenious presenter, Sophia has participated in high-level conferences addressing how robotics and artificial intelligence will become an integral part of everyone’s everyday lives and work. She has met with leaders in the banking, insurance, automotive, property development, media and entertainment industries.

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is set for Oct. 23 at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons. Tickets for this year’s event are $250 per ticket for members ($2,500 for a table of 10) and $300 per ticket for non-members ($3,000 for a table of 10).

For more information about the celebration or to purchase tickets, visit the Hall of Fame website.


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