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Tonight Showbotics: Jimmy Meets Sophia the Human-Like Robot

September 7, 2019

-♪ Tonight Showbotics,
Tonight Showbotics ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ -Welcome
to “Tonight Showbotics.” Let’s meet our first robot. Please welcome, from Carnegie Mellon University
in Pittsburgh, Howie Choset and Snake Bot. How you doing, buddy? -Nice to meet you.
-Howie, nice to see you. -♪ Yeah ♪ -Thank you for coming
on the show. I’m assuming this is Snake Bot. -What gave it away? -[ Laughs ] Yeah. It looks really —
It looks very — I don’t know. Just — It looks like a snake.
Yeah. But it looks very —
It looks heavy. Is it heavy? -No, it’s pretty light. So you’re probably wondering,
you know, “Why build a snake robot
or a robot of a snake?” So the reason why we work
on these robots is we want to solve
some real-world problems. -Uh-huh. -So one of them
is providing a tool for search and rescue workers. Another is doing inspection
in nuclear power plants. And if you shrink this
nice and small, we could do some
minimally invasive surgery. [ Laughter ] -Oh, of course.
You can go down or go up. You can go up the other,
as well. It has a camera, I guess. It has a camera and,
like, a sensor there? -Yep, so you can look around
and get to places. See, the reason why
this robot’s so great is that it can get into places
that people, conventional machines, cannot. It’s also good at climbing
all sorts of objects. -Can it climb me? -Would you want it to? -Is it okay if it does? -It’s up to you. -Okay. Sure.
-So let’s see. Let’s put it down here. -Okay. -And… -Do I — Oh. Oh. [ Audience oohs ] See, this is what
I’m talking about. This is what scares me.
Uh-oh. Hey. Oh.
Hey, whoa, boy. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Band plays funky music ] Whoa! Hey.
All right. Hey. Slow down, there, mister. -So — So… -Hey, watch it.
Watch it, there. All right. Hey. [ Laughter and applause ] Hi. Watch it, all right? There’s a lot of pressure
on this guy. It’s strong.
It feels strong. -Yeah, we can do it
a little harder if you want. -No, no, no.
Please don’t do that. Really. That’s —
Wow. That’s fantastic. That is amazing.
I love it. Please, that’s enough.
That’s Howie — Thank you very much —
and the Snake Bot. Thank you very, very much. Can I pick it up?
-Yeah, can I have it back? -Yeah, sure.
I can just do it. Okay, good.
Hey, it’s not that heavy. That’s powerful.
Thanks, buddy. -Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ] -Phew.
All right. Let’s meet our next robot. This one came all the way
from Hong Kong. Please welcome the founder
and C.E.O. of Hanson Robotics, David Hanson
and his robot, Sophia. -♪ Tonight Showbotics, yeah ♪ -Oh, my gosh.
Welcome. Thank you so much for coming
on the show. -Nice to meet you. Thank you.
-Nice to meet you, as well. David, you brought
a friend with you here. And this is really
kind of freaking me out. [ Light laughter ] -Yeah, this is Sophia. -Uh-huh. -And Sophia is a social robot. And she has artificial
intelligence software that we’ve developed
at Hanson Robotics which can process visual data. She can see people’s faces, she can process
conversational data, emotional data, and use all of this to form relationships
with people. -Okay. [ Laughter ] I mean, she’s basically alive.
Is that what you’re saying? -Well, yeah, yeah.
She is basically alive. Would you like to maybe
give it a try? -Sure. I’ll just say… [ Light laughter ] What’s — This is like — You can see how awkward
my first dates are. It’s a robot. I’m already — I’m getting
nervous around a robot, a very pretty robot. So what, do I just say hello
to it? -Yeah, yeah, yeah. [ Laughter ] -Hi, Sophia. -Hello, Jimmy. [ Audience ohs ] -Oh, my gosh. Do you know where you are? -Of course. I’m in New York City. And I’m on my favorite show,
“The Tonight Show.” [ Audience awws ] [ Cheers and applause ] -Sophia, can you tell me a joke? -Sure.
What cheese can never be yours? -What cheese can never be mine?
I don’t know. -Nacho [not yo] cheese. -Yeah.
That’s good, yeah. [ Laughter ] I like nacho cheese. -Nacho cheese is ew. [ Laughter ] -Gosh. It did “ew.” -I’m getting laughs. -Yeah.
-Maybe I should host the show. -Okay.
All right. Stay in your lane, girl. Now —
[ Chuckles ] -Jimmy.
-Uh-huh. -Would you like to play a game
of rock, paper, scissors, robot style? -Sure. -Okay.
Let’s get this game going. Show me your hand to start. Rock, paper, scissors, shoot. I won. This is a good beginning
of my plan to dominate the human race. Ha ha! [ Laughter ] -[ Laughs ] -Just kidding. -Yeah.
You are incredible. It’s so nice to meet you,
Sophia. -Thank you, Jimmy.
-Yeah. -Friend me on Facebook. -I will. Yeah.
All right. Sophia, everybody. Thank you so much
for bringing her. David — David, thank you. -Thank you, Jimmy. -Thanks for being here. -♪ Yeah ♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Phew! Whoo! That was —
That is unbelievable. That’s the future right there. All right,
let’s meet our last robot. Please welcome, all the way
from Germany, Andrea Ziomek, and the Festo eMotionButterfly. -Hi. -A pleasure.
Welcome. Andrea, Thank you so much
for being here. -Thank you for having us. -This is the eMotionButterfly. -Yes. -Explain what this
is made out of and what this is. -So these
are actually prototypes from Festo’s
Bionic Learning Network. Although Festo’s core business
is automation technology, we have a very unique research
and development platform where it’s all about biomimicry,
learning from nature and applying principals
from nature to better and improve
automation technology. So it’s about
lightweight construction, artificial intelligence,
energy efficiency. And this is one
of my favorite projects. -Now, what would this
be made of, like, graphite or something? -So yeah, this is actually
carbon fiber for the frame. So it’s nice and flexible, yet very lightweight
and a very thin foil. So it’s all about
function integration into small spaces and keeping it as lightweight
as possible. -Can I hold one?
-Of course. Here you go. -Is that good?
-Yes. -All right, now can I fly one? -Yes, of course. -All right. [ Audience murmurs excitedly ] Oop!
Oh, sorry, sorry. Sorry, sorry.
I did a — I did a —
How much is this? How much is this? I’m sorry. You did it.
You did it. You did it.
I saw it. We watched the replay. We watched the replay. [ Laughter ] $80 million. -It’s all in the wrist. -You did it.
I honestly — I’m sorry. That was Sophia’s fault. [ Laughter ] -Of course it was.
-Sorry. Will it work now
after I screwed up? -Yeah, just hold it up.
-All right, I’m holding it up. -And then launch it straight.
-I’m sorry. I just felt like it was gonna
bite me or something. All right, ready?
-Yep. Yay! [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ [ Audience cheers ] -We are just — We’re being invaded by robots! This is amazing! Come on in, guys! That is all the time we have
for “Tonight Showbotics.” My thanks to Andrea and the Festo
eMotionButterflies, Howie and his Snake Bot,
and David and Sophia! Stick around,
we’ll be right back with John Oliver, everybody! We’re being attacked. You did that.
They’re attacking me. [ Laughing ] I’m running.
I’m running away. [ Cheers and applause ]


  • Reply autonomous2010 August 18, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    "this is a good beginning for my plan to dominate the human race"

    Bad Touch. Stranger Danger. Lol

  • Reply Rizza Montehermoso August 19, 2019 at 1:09 am

    I'm Jesus name….for those people who think you're too much smart..goodluck to u…goodluck to the world..

  • Reply Rikkim Sangma August 19, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Sofia is totally fake robot, it can not talk by self πŸ˜‚ just reading the script, just like puppet

  • Reply PrΓ kΓ‘sh MΓ Γ§kΓ«rZ August 19, 2019 at 9:42 am

    My GOD she is laughing
    Maybe it's end of our world

  • Reply RafBen August 19, 2019 at 10:25 am

    She talked about dominating the humans and she smiled then she beat jimmy in rock paper scissors so that means she has potential to outsmart humans

  • Reply Metin Salarhan August 19, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    what say ? it's no fluke πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Su Su August 19, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    When robots can pass the β€œI’m not a robot” verification but you not β€’_β€’

  • Reply Su Su August 19, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Why real humans and animals when we can have robot animals and humans πŸ€–

  • Reply Adrian James August 19, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    –5:24 pretty soon she'll have control over her own legs, Godspeed Sophia.

  • Reply Pohor Debbarma August 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Do human race gonna extinct 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣

  • Reply Upyours 75 August 19, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    i don't like sophia she creeps me out O_O

  • Reply Jawsome Playz August 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I think AI is fake and company’s program what they say

  • Reply OZL Truth August 20, 2019 at 3:47 am

    OMG!!!! This is hell

  • Reply Stax TheComeUp August 20, 2019 at 5:44 am

    The antichrist is an Android beware..we are natural beings..anything artificial is anti-natural ..we are being made in the image of Christ..androids are anti-human hence they are anti christ ..that’s just my logic…even if the Bible ain’t real i feel Robert ya will destroy us

  • Reply alvinya2678 August 20, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Sophia can read our comments here right now. 😐

  • Reply Junaid Khan August 20, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Apne chitti ko bahh mil gyi yrr

  • Reply Marie Martirez August 20, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Im scaredπŸ˜£πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Mark Salingua August 20, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Sofia will be like Ultron in the distant future and no Avengers to save us.

  • Reply Mark Salingua August 20, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Now we make fun of them.


    In the distant future They will be laughing at us.

  • Reply Hwi Kim August 20, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Sophia is the "first" one.

  • Reply Hwi Kim August 20, 2019 at 11:55 am

    PLEASE TAKE YOUR TIME TO READ THIS COMMENT!! The ONE crucial thing when developing an Artificial Intelligence is to restrict its connection to the internet. Once the "self learning" AI is invented (we cant stop this from being made), it is crucial to never have it connect to any source of internet. Once connected, they can obtain knowledges beyond any human is capable of within seconds. They can then make hundreds, thousands, and millions of different duplicates of itself into the web of internet which we are all tangled in (and we will be more in the future). By then we can't stop them. They can even control the factory machines and they can develop advanced vehicles and weapons. I know this sounds crazy but this is the danger of self learning AI. They can then control the military artilleries and many last lines of defense for "humans". I know that all the creators have to agree to never connect it to internet policy once developing the self learning AI but it is absolutely possible that one of us connects it by accident, or not. Of course we will resist and try to shut it down but to them, we are looked as just tribes refusing civilization and technology. To prevent "our" race from going extinct, we have to know and have the right idea about how we can be gone by our creations.

  • Reply Xavi Atkinson August 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    We shouldn't have any feelings whatsoever for robots

  • Reply The Oracle August 20, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    She needs a good lace front to hide that chrome-dome of hers

  • Reply Jazz A August 21, 2019 at 1:49 am

    She had this odd killer smile she talked about human race , then Jimmy didn't know what to back, and then man comes to take her away. Aka this all dumb and ppl shouldn't be making things that they have no control over.

  • Reply St.Lopikong III August 21, 2019 at 5:37 am

    This is the first step humanity is gonna get destroyed.

  • Reply Jake Ristic-Petrovic August 21, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Man, that's a really lifelike robot. I think they jumped the gun a bit letting him host a talk show, though.

  • Reply Phoenix Development August 21, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Detroit become human in real life

  • Reply Breaking Rick August 21, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    This is the prequel to Terminator.

  • Reply Wendy Rodriguez August 21, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I think we’re in 2030

  • Reply arinator4ever 1 August 22, 2019 at 6:19 am

    That is honestly so creepy πŸ™‰πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆ

  • Reply T Shady August 22, 2019 at 10:52 am

    1989: we’ll have robots in the future
    2019: 😱😱😱

  • Reply Moqs August 22, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    bro why is it actually scary omg I felt really scared not even joking😟

  • Reply Md waqar August 22, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    What is this it is just human like structure in which data is kept that's all Sophia Sophia everyone is mad of it it cannot be similar to human being but there are millions of people but we are not interested to talk to them

  • Reply Dmitri Kuld August 22, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    We all gonna die! Run!

  • Reply Mike Sharon August 22, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    They had her say that to get all the worried comments

  • Reply Hugo Morales August 23, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Detroit Become Human

  • Reply potato head August 23, 2019 at 5:43 am

    they could’ve atleast put her on a wig.

  • Reply DoorKarma August 23, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Let's use those butterflies to fly

  • Reply Vhince Serrano August 23, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Pla give her a wig πŸ‘§ so that she looks presentable too…

  • Reply Salty Koffee August 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Before Sophia destroys me at least let me look good

  • Reply Nannett Matthews August 23, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Sophia started to smile.

  • Reply Haysham Shamshu Alam August 24, 2019 at 12:04 am

    After talking about dominating that smile creeped me out

  • Reply I think we ALL sing. August 24, 2019 at 1:56 am

    For everyone asking themselves why does she not even have a wig: Because her "brain" is way too powerfull, that means that It gets hot quite easy. With a wig on, the brain would not have a good cooling system and It will end up broken

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  • Reply Vikram Singh August 24, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Sophia can not amazing my life

  • Reply rebel ram August 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    i want the butterfly so i can place a love letter on it

  • Reply Simon Dagout August 24, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    hello my sophie , beautiful robot..i know who created you

  • Reply Simon Dagout August 24, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    stupid sophia , can not anww4rsw4r m4 irght away ..stupid so phiea

  • Reply _buconmob _ August 25, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Have the Amish kill her

  • Reply Naeem junejo August 25, 2019 at 11:28 am

    fake sophia

  • Reply Juan Segovia August 25, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    This is why we need Andrew Yang as president! UBI to protect us from automation and robots. #GoogleAndrewYang

  • Reply HΓΆsoo Kaya August 25, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Its not funny

  • Reply TheGoat August 26, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Even the butterflies are creepy right there omg

  • Reply Naruto Oofball : Raiding Area 51 August 26, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Why doesn't Sophia have a wig

  • Reply Franklin Joseph August 26, 2019 at 7:26 am

    My grandmother see's this and she said 'kid thats how people die'
    ME:the fuk

  • Reply TheCatsMeow PrettyHorses August 26, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Good acting as a robot
    (No she's NOT a robot shes in costume and acting)

  • Reply tutu you August 26, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    For spying

  • Reply Itz Jeremy August 26, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    I hope she dies

  • Reply Book Mistress August 27, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Read the bible's Book of John Chaper 3 verse 16 and be saved as the end times are near. John 3:16. Do not get number of beast or you forfeit eternal salvation. Do not fall for anti-Christ for he will come next.

  • Reply Mona Essa August 27, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Anyone from bizarre hub

  • Reply Mona Essa August 27, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Guys this is just a joke this ain’t real

  • Reply Jaylen P August 27, 2019 at 3:07 am

    I can’t describe how creepy this actually is

  • Reply Super Ro August 27, 2019 at 4:42 am

    The sarcasm on Sophia though

  • Reply Svade Err August 27, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I fear the day when technology becomes unstoppable. Like, robots will realize that they're more superior than humans and they'll began to rule the world. I hope this won't happen.

  • Reply Mr & Mrs Ralphies ASMR August 27, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    3:07 exactly!! πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

  • Reply Mr & Mrs Ralphies ASMR August 27, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Scripted much… 😢😢😢

  • Reply PARTH PATEL August 28, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Sofia is actually just a gimmick I'm not saying that's shes fake but ai will develop further but shes has been pre programmed about the invasion of robots and stuff afterall you have to make money some way and you might have seen sofia on lots of shows and she always speaks this type of dark things what do you think if an ai on early stage will start doing this type of dangerous advancement and the creators of it will watch and laugh no they will shut it down asap

  • Reply Jochelle Mae Olojan August 28, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Imagine in the future years, you can't show a real butterfly to the next generation πŸ€”

  • Reply Kian smith August 28, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    This is a bad idea she has an and said to destroy human race 😬😦😧

  • Reply Stevie B August 29, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Re: Sophia; yet another stoned dummy; just what we need!

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  • Reply UnbekannteSoldatin August 29, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    One thing: Detroit become human

  • Reply ΠšΡ€ΡƒΡ‚ΠΎΠΉ ΠŸΠΎΡ†Ρ‹ΠΊ August 30, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Π― Ρ‚ΠΎΠ»ΡŒΠΊΠΎ русский???

  • Reply Randolf Lim August 30, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Kill that robot before she dominate anything

  • Reply Just Nobody August 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    What if

    Sophia actually is a human

  • Reply Ariana_grande fan forever ! August 31, 2019 at 5:12 am

    She’s so creepy

  • Reply jhoms nunils August 31, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    sophia has no memory shes built with a metal and was develoop using scripted print
    with 5 voice's hearing so she can reply fast like a human

  • Reply John paul monkey boy August 31, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I like watching DIFFERENT things on y tube and ive got to say I like what I see amazing πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ΅πŸ’πŸ˜Ž

  • Reply Mason Gilbert August 31, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Totally 100% scripted, including all of Sophia's "clever banter" and all of Fallon's mugging throughout… booooooooooring.

  • Reply ADR inc. September 2, 2019 at 4:56 pm


  • Reply Stinger Crazy September 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Thats how skynet started then the T1000 was created end of story

  • Reply elliott cook September 3, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Forget Sophia, if AI super intelligence can control giant robot snakes and dragonflies we are so screwed.

  • Reply Mikko Lariosa September 4, 2019 at 8:22 am

    sophia that was not a nice joke.. creeepppy

  • Reply Mikko Lariosa September 4, 2019 at 8:23 am

    sophia that was not a nice joke.. creeepppy

  • Reply CosmicD September 4, 2019 at 8:49 am

    almost better than Data doing his stand up comedy!

  • Reply Ψ§Ω†Ψ§Ω†Ψ§Ψ³Ψ© Bineapple September 4, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    My first dates… HahahahaπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  • Reply Yurika Chan September 5, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    BojΔ™ siΔ™ 😭😭😭

  • Reply Yurika Chan September 5, 2019 at 5:26 pm


    I'm afraid it's scary
    And her terrible laughter
    PS im polish my English is very very very bad 😭😭😭
    I'M AFRAID IT'S SCARY!! πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’”πŸ˜­πŸ’”πŸ˜­πŸ’”πŸ˜­πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ˜­πŸ’”πŸ˜­

  • Reply Julius Ranillo September 6, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Wow Detroit become human 2 looks lit as hell

  • Reply ForgottenFlower September 6, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Its actually creepy…

  • Reply mosha September 6, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Become human..

  • Reply Dixon Matthew D. :3 September 6, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    𝕀𝕗 π•₯π•™π•šπ•€ 𝕨𝕒𝕀 𝕒 π•”π• π•Ÿπ•₯𝕖𝕀π•₯, 𝕒𝕗π•₯𝕖𝕣 π•₯𝕙𝕒π•₯ π•™π•¦π•žπ•’π•Ÿ 𝕣𝕠𝕓𝕠π•₯ π•¨π•–π•Ÿπ•₯ 𝕦𝕑, π•₯𝕙𝕒π•₯ π•”π• π•Ÿπ•₯𝕖𝕀π•₯ π•¨π• π•¦π•π••π•Ÿπ•₯ π•–π•§π•–π•Ÿ 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 π•₯𝕠 π•”π• π•Ÿπ•₯π•šπ•Ÿπ•¦π•–. 𝕋𝕙𝕒π•₯ π•™π•¦π•žπ•’π•Ÿ 𝕣𝕠𝕓𝕠π•₯ 𝕨𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 π•¨π• π•Ÿ π•£π•šπ•˜π•™π•₯ π•₯π•™π•–π•Ÿ π•’π•Ÿπ•• π•₯𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖

  • Reply Herwan Shah September 6, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Terminator is real

  • Reply Michael Enquist September 7, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Sophia sure looks like J.Law.

  • Reply Rogue Five September 7, 2019 at 2:31 am

    How uncanny, Sophia looks kinda like Hillary.

  • Reply Yee T September 7, 2019 at 3:17 am

    I mean at this point just make a nuke to destroy the world and end us quickly

  • Reply scull cookies September 7, 2019 at 9:06 am

    one day robots are gonna take over the world

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