A pair of expressive, intelligent and uncannily human-like robots will appear at this year’s IBC.

Sophia and Professor Einstein were designed and created by Dr David Hanson, the founder and Chief Executive of Hanson Robotics.

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Sophia (pictured, left with Dr David Hanson) is Hanson Robotics’ latest and most advanced robot, with strikingly human expressions and evolving intelligence that enables her to converse and build relationships.

Professor Einstein is the first personal robot from Hanson Robotics.

Dr Hanson teamed up with toy inventor Andy Rifkin to develop a robot that would honour Albert Einstein’s character and unique teaching style of explaining complex topics in a way that everyone could understand. Professor Einstein plays educational games, shares scientific facts and answers questions on a range of topics.

At IBC Sophia, Professor Einstein and Dr Hanson will discuss how robotics and artificial intelligence are set to become a prevalent part of people’s lives, with robots that can learn creativity, empathy and compassion.

Together with Dr Hanson, they will appear in the Tech Talks Keynote: The Future with Robots that Are Like Us on Sunday 17 September as part of a day-long strand of discussions that will examine accelerating trends and technologies of the future.

IBC CEO Michael Crimp said: “Our Sunday series of Tech Talks offers a privileged opportunity to glimpse the technologies of the future.

“We’re incredibly excited to meet Dr Hanson, Sophia and Professor Einstein at IBC to discuss the future of robotics technology and artificial intelligence, as well as the possibilities they have to enhance human life.”