Cheers anon. This is Sophie as she is today. Pretty much just a large animatronic. Sure she's programmable, but she only has one sound sensor and no ROS2 autonomous navigation, so I hesitate to call her a proper robot. Despite this, I'm still quite happy with the progress I've got so far.
Would like to shift my attention to the virtual for a while though, so I doubt I'll be posting here for a long time, because I have a few software packages that I want to try out (World Machine, Gaia2, Unity). Not too bothered about the software I use being proprietary, as long as whatever I create can then be exported and imported into an open-source platform like Blender.
Even accounting for the purchase of entry-level proprietary software, crafting virtual assets is way cheaper than robotics . I have a lower electricity bill absent all that 3D printing, and no expenditure on new tools,materials and servos when things go wrong. I must admit that the removal of risks such as electrocution and fire are an added bonus, too!
I do still plan to keep developing Sophie in the future - probably NVIDIA will release some new SBC or there will be an advance that enables more generalised A.I. than we have now. Then I'll really want to update her so that she can do more than just wave her arms about, regurgitate internet searches and sing .VSQX files. I've decided not to get her wheels since I dare not take her outside because:
a.) I HATE outside.
b.) She was fairly expensive and difficult to build and she will almost certainly get vandalised if she goes anywhere other than a makers fair or robo-con. Maybe it's different where some of you anons live, but Airstrip One is full of spiteful dipshits and most people just fucking hate each other; especially in the poorer inner-city areas.
Advise avoid LOL.
So yeah, this is basically why I want to make a virtual retreat of my own to replace the shitworld our politicians, greedy corporations and so-called leaders have created. Hopefully it will be a place that can persist in some form or another long after both those idiots and I are worm-food or our ashes have scattered on the wind.
I know that many of Sophie's parts can be replaced within a few days, but if she gets totally wrecked and her head gets badly damaged it'd take me several weeks to a couple of months of work to repair and re-build her, and frankly I'd rather not.
Happily though, a robot can be mothballed for years while waiting for tech to improve (but I certainly can't do it - I got my own dead-end job and life's laundry to take care of).
I hope that my derpy animatronic can at least provide other like-minded anons with some degree of inspiration to build their own robowaifus, whether they be physical or virtual.
Your creations will contribute to bringing into existence a better world.
No pain. No suffering. All machine.