Introducing Jia-Jia, the terrifyingly realistic female robot who will refer to you as “my lord”. She was developed by Chinese scientists who say she can learn skills and recognize human faces. With her flowing long hair and feminine features, you would be forgiven for mistaking her for a real woman.
Jia-Jia, who was unveiled Friday by the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), even has insecurity issues. When she met the amazed crowd she got bashful and told them: “Don’t come too close to me when you are taking a picture. “It will make my face look fat.”
The team spent three years designing her, making sure her mouth moves when she speaks and that her eyes glance around the room naturally. But they’ve yet to figure out how she can laugh or cry… and how to make her hands look less like a department store mannequin’s.
Those might come with version 2, since the researchers intend to continue working on Jia Jia despite having no plans of mass producing her. Team leader Chen Xiaoping said they hope to give her deep learning and facial recognition capabilities in the future.