Being Human, new, BBC Earth

BBC Earth partners with humanoid robot ‘Sophia’ to explain what it means to be human.

BBC Earth (184) partners with humanoid robot "Sophia" to explain what it means to be human:

•    Sophia is one of the world’s most sophisticated humanoid robots 
•    She will be acting as the spokesperson for the new and exclusive Being Human season on BBC Earth 
•    In the first look trailer she reveals that even as one of the most advanced robots she “can only dream of really being human” 

Watch the video below to see for yourself:


BBC Earth has revealed the first look trailer of its Being Human season which over the next 18 months will explore the human race - examining what it means to be human, how we might improve the way we live, and what the future could hold for civilisation. 


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Created by Hanson Robotics, BBC Earth has partnered with one of the world’s most sophisticated humanoid robots, Sophia, to act as the spokesperson for the new season. In the trailer we see the camera slowly pan from the back of her head to reveal her face as audiences hear her speak about the wonders of humanity. Highlighting that even something as technologically advanced as Sophia can never truly match the complexity of humans. 

Watch the video below to see Michael Mosley interview Sophia about SA:


The Being Human season will feature several household favourites including Michael Mosley in his new series Meet the Humans (Mondays at 20:30, or watch it here now on DStv Catch Up) which puts human behaviour under the microscope. Other highlights include Jimmy Carr’s one off special The Science of Laughter, which tries to get to the bottom of what laughter is and why we enjoy it so much. New series, Civilisations will look at the extraordinary role of art and artists in the development of human culture and the story of global art spanning millennia. While Joel Dommett and Nish Kumar star in Tribal Bootcamp (August) and go on an adventure of a lifetime to immerse themselves in the lives of the strongest, fittest and toughest people in the world. 

Kully Kaur-Bains, Head of Programming South Africa, BBC Worldwide, “BBC Earth tells the greatest stories on the planet, and there is no greater story than what it means to be human. Being Human is a major new strand of programming that will explore the complexities, wonder, and magnificence of humanity. It will bring entirely new perspectives to the biggest questions of all time – who are we? How do we live better? And what is our future? Being Human is the ultimate view on ourselves – a global selfie”


Interesting Facts on the Humanoid, Sophia:

•    Sophia was created by Dr David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics, considered to be a modern-day renaissance man who has built a worldwide reputation for creating robots that look and act amazingly human
•    Sophia was designed to look like Audrey Hepburn, embodying her classic beauty of porcelain skin, a slender nose, high cheekbones, an intriguing smile and deeply expressive eyes.
•    Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ latest and most advanced robot.
•    Sophia is an evolving genius machine, designed to be smarter than humans that can learn creativity, empathy and compassion.
•    The AI software used in Sophia, empowers her to maintain eye contact, recognize faces, understand speech, hold natural conversations and simulate personality, ultimately allowing her to evolve and learn from her interactions with humans.
•    The AI software used by Hanson Robotics is open source, available at, and 
•    Sophia’s face is created with a patented material called Frubber (“Flesh rubber”), a proprietary nanotech skin that mimics real human musculature and skin.

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