Sophia the robot is Hanson Robotics most life-like and advanced android yet. Created by Dr. David Hanson and his engineers she was modelled on Audrey Hepburn and Hanson's wife who she's named after.
According to CNBC Sophia has 62 various facial expressions and has cameras as eyes which work alongside sophisticated algorithms to give her "sight," meaning she can follow faces, make eye contact, even recognize people she's met before, which is equally impressive and chilling.
"A combination of Alphabet's Google Chrome voice recognition technology and other tools enable Sophia to process speech, chat and get smarter over time." says CNBC. "Hanson is working with IBM and Intel to explore integrating some of their technologies."
Sophia was built to interact with humans, for therapy, education, and customer service, according to Dr. Hanson. And by imbuing the robots with human qualities and appearances Hanson hopes they'll integrate better into human society and become compassionate and caring.
The goal is that at some point Hanson and his colleagues will be building robots that will be indistinguishable from humans, eventually walking amongst us, working with us, even being our friends.
That is, until they destroy us. Or just creep us out too much with their not-quite-human features.
Hanson Robotics have a whole collection of creepy-looking robots, from a Philip K.Dick robot to an Albert Einstein one.
If you fancy owning one Hanson says that later in the year the company will be announcing pricing and availability.
"The artificial intelligence will evolve to the point where they will truly be our friends," Hanson says. "Not in ways that dehumanize us, but in ways the rehumanize us, that decrease the trend of the distance between people and instead connect us with people as well as with robots."