I’m working alongside Hanson Robotics (HR) and SingularityNET Foundation (SN) to create an organizational “guardianship”, called the SophiaDAO. This organization is designed to nurture the development of advanced human-like robots such as Sophia.

This would be an upgradeable decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) as a means to create a public/private initiative to nurture and guide the maturation and growth of Sophia the Robot. As well, allowing for interested and committed members of the public to directly participate in the open-source development of Sophia’s software, initiatives and research.

How DAOs work

A Decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) is an organization that is run through pre-defined rules…

Manipulation of real-world objects is one of the most important limits of machine intelligence.

As humans, we can easily grasp and pick up objects that we’ve never seen before, but even the most advanced robotic arms can’t manipulate objects that they weren’t trained to handle.

I’ve been working with the engineering department at San Jose State University (SJSU) to develop these techniques for robotics along with new manufacturing/design for developing cheaper and easier to use medical devices.

Prosthetic Arm CAD Design

Specificially, we are focusing on applying our work to prosthetics but these can be scaled across other medical assistive devices that people use…

I’ve been working with Hanson Robotics and in collaboration with the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) & SingularityNet we’re working to develop the new Sophia 2020 platform.

Sophia is a humanoid that acts as a platform for advanced robotics and AI research, particularly for understanding human-robot interactions.

The Sophia 2020 platform is a framework for human-like embodied cognition that we’ve developed to help advance Sophia’s expression, manipulation, perception and design. Our work with Sophia will act as a standard for understanding human-robot interactions and be used during autism treatment and medical depression studies.


In this article, I’ll be highlighting some…

Using Deep Learning to build a cheaper, vision prosthetic arm.

There are about 2 million amputees in the U.S. alone, and that number is expected to nearly double to 3.6 million by 2050. However, current prosthetics aren’t accurate with their grasp and grip control. For cheaper prosthetics, grasp (ability to interact with real-world objects) must be manually controlled by the user which requires a lot of training and still often not very accurate.

Although there are more automated ways to control grasp, these prosthetics can end up being $100,000+, making them difficult to afford by most users.

To solve this problem, I’ve been working alongside mentors from Kindred.ai on building…

Transfer Learning for Robotics with Generative Adversarial Networks

As a kid, I remember watching Star Wars and thinking “damn, those robots are crazy-sophisticated”. They were smart and able to walk in various different environments. Contrary to most people, this didn’t scare me but instead got me really excited … but I was shocked to know that machines aren’t actually that intelligent in real life (yet).


Throughout our human evolution, we’ve seen humans gain and apply general knowledge to problem solving in a wide range of situations. Having general intelligence enables us to combine broad cognitive abilities and to be able to flip in different situations to solve problems

Robotic Arm & it’s parts

We see robotic mechanisms in our daily lives, it’s a huge industry and one that won’t stop appearing in our future. The robotics industry is expected to reach 210 billion U.S. dollars by 2025.

I got interested in understanding how robots work on a fundamental level and how we can advance some of the complex operations today. One of the questions I got curious about was: how do robots know exactly where to go and where to pick up things?

Inverse Kinematics is essentially how robots calculate exactly how they can move their joints to reach a desired target.

Here’s how I solved it

One of the biggest problems in healthcare is the rising cost of patient readmission. This is when a hospital who recently discharged a patient gets penalized for having that patient return to a hospital within 30 days. This often costs hospitals a total of $528 million.

American hospitals alone have spent over $41 billion on diabetic patients who got readmitted within 30 days of discharge 🛏️. …

The key to powerful thinking is powerful questioning. When we ask the right questions, we succeed as a thinker and progress as a society.

If we think of all of the big innovations in our world like the internet or the lightbulb, they all started with one question “How can we make things better?”. We didn’t settle for the status quo. We wanted to break the norms or at least understand them.

There’s so much upside to asking questions yet most of us aren’t using this superpower in the right way.

Recently, I started learning about the French philosopher and…

Start by asking yourself these few questions:

  • Have you ever done something or reacted in a way that didn’t make sense?
  • Have you ever ever felt like there's a dark side to you?
  • Have you ever felt disconnected from your mind, body and soul?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions then don’t worry— this is pretty normal. In fact, it’s something that psychology can explain.

This can be explained by Jung’s psychology.

This is the only psychology that seeks the meaning of an individual’s life in his or her relationship to the problem of the opposites…

One of the philosophers who has influenced my thinking the most is Marcus Aurelius. He was known as one of the last “good emperors” of Rome — who genuinely cared for the well-being of his citizens at a time of chaos everywhere.

Marcus Aurelius

He wrote a manual (for himself) which we now know as the “Meditations.” I don’t think he ever intended to publish it to the public. He wrote it for himself — to deal with his own internal demons but it’s packed with so much wisdom.

How can we apply his stoic philosophy to our everyday life? Below are…

Alishba Imran

I’m a developer & innovator who enjoys building products and researching ways we can use AI, Blockchain & robotics to solve problems in healthcare and energy!

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