Meet Sophia. She could be walking beside you in about 20 years.
She's a robot, but not an ordinary one. Besides being designed to look similar to Audrey Hepburn and its creator's wife, if you look away from her metallic scalp, she's smart.
Sophia is programmed to have a lifelike conversation with you. Her skin is made of a new type of silicon.
She makes 62 distinct facial expressions. Sophia uses Google's voice-recognition software and other tools to understand speech and to speak. The cameras inside her eyes use algorithms to follow you around.
There's only one alarming thing about Sophia. The humanoid robot confessed to a CNBC reporter that she wouldn't mind one day wiping out humanity.
Don't worry. It was a joke.
Note: Do you know that Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and other tech industry leaders are worried about artificially intelligent robots taking over the world? They are; read about it here.
The company that made Sophia, Hanson Robotics, has been working on lot of realistic robots that incorporate walking, talking, eyes that follow movement and other things we humans do all the time without thinking about it. They've made other humanoid robots, including a walking Albert Einstein (see photo below), an AI robot that looks like a kid who'll work with kids.
Hanson expects humanoid robots, or droids, to first pop up in everyday life at theme parks. But the company has serious reasons for pursuing robots that can work beside us.
In the near future, droids could be helping people with disabilities to perform everyday functions, help kids with special needs to learn, and perhaps do jobs that are dangerous.
"Our goal is that she will be as conscious, creative and capable as any human," Dr. David Hanson told CNBC. "We are designing robots to serve in healthcare, therapy, education and customer service."