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Next year a mini-version of the well-known social robot Sophia will be released for consumers. Developer Hanson Robotics told this during techfestival Bright Day. The talking robot has dozens of facial expressions. "The robot will cost several hundred dollars," says David Chen of Hanson Robotics to Bright. Users will also be able to program the mini version of the social robot Sophia themselves. Hanson Robotics has already released an Einstein doll.

Sophia has a female face, including facial expressions, and looks at her stage partner and audience. Her human form often creates a false image among people of the current state of artificial intelligence and the ability of a robot to conduct a human conversation.

Sophia will be in the Netherlands for the first time on 28 September 2018, because of a leadership congress in Amsterdam. Enough reason for the NOS to speak to her, to see with their own eyes what the hype is about and to find out whether it is justified. The first thing that strikes you when you see Sophia is that she is small. Everyone - big or small - has to bend down a little to be able to look at her. If you look her in the face, there is a good chance that you will get the thought "she looks like someone, but who? That's not a crazy thought: her face is based on that of Audrey Hepburn.

Sophia is made by David Hansen, of Hanson Robotics shows her feminine side. This human robot has quite realistic skin and a face that moves. At certain points you even see subtle human traits such as a quick grin or the blinking of the eyes.

During an interview on stage in Saudi Arabia, Robot Sophia, Hanson robotics, shows that she is surprisingly human in her expression and her answers. When asked whether robots could have human consciousness and whether they should have, Sophia did not immediately give clear answers. "Why? Is that bad", she asked evasively? When the question was repeated, Sophia once again answered with a question again.

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