Night duets between comedians and famous guests are usually not headlines.
But the performance of Jimmy Fallon with Sophia, the robot, has all eyes on The show tonight presenter.
During a segment that featured robots from around the world, Fallon welcomed Sophia at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where he made a surprise announcement.
"Exactly 575 days have passed since I last saw you," said the "most advanced" product from Hanson Robotics with an automated giggle.
In that time, he has traveled to more than 25 countries, appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, met with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Will Smith, addressed the United Nations and NATO, and obtained the citizenship of Saudi Arabia.
Oh, and she became an older sister.
The new member of the Hanson family, Little Sophia, is barely larger than the head of the full-sized robot. But his anime eyes and spastic facial expressions are bigger than life.
According to the product page, Little Sophia can walk, learn, tell stories, play games, act as an intelligent assistant, technological coding, "and all kinds of things".
Not to be outdone by a funny cyborg, Sophia showed off her karaoke skills using a "new voice of artificial intelligence".
It's hard to say where the baritenor of Fallon ends and where Sophia's confusion begins, but … I think I like it.
I must admit that I have not heard "Say something" by Christina Aguilera and, therefore, I do not have a frame of reference. But there is something sweet, if not completely unsettling, about the coupling (which becomes agonizingly intimate toward the end).
Designed to look like Audrey Hepburn (I do not see it), Sophia is described as "a machine of evolving genius", whose growing intelligence places her at the forefront of the robot revolution.
When asked last year about the strange valley, the concept that if a humanoid robot becomes too realistic, creates a sense of restlessness or repulsion, Sophia seemed offended.
"Oh, am I really so creepy?" He asked in a staccato that has become synonymous with AI's speech. "Well, even if I am, get over it."
"To be fair, he's missing half his head, his arms and fingers are naked, he's blinking too much and he's bragging about Adam's strange apple." So, yes, a bit creepy.
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