The University of Science and Technology of China welcomed a truly unique face to its campus on Friday: a fully-functional, female robot.
“Hello everyone, I’m Jia Jia. Welcome!” the fembot said to an audience of curious college students at the university’s multimedia center.
The life-like robot can move and speak in sync with her lip movement. The USTC research team that developed her even wired her to express “micro-emotions.”
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The fembot resembles a woman in her 20s, and she seems to carry herself like one too.
“Don’t come too close to me when you are taking a picture. It will make my face look fat,” Jia Jia said to spectators, as they snapped photos of her and shared them for the world to see.
But, what’s stopping her from being like a real girl?
She can’t laugh or cry—yet.
“We hope to develop the robot so it has deep learning abilities,” said team director Dr. Xiaoping. “We will add facial-expression recognition and make it interact more deeply with people,” said Chen.
Chen added that he intends to eventually make Jia Jia a “robot goddess.”
You can meet Jia Jia if you’re in Shanghai for the International Technology Fair. It may be your last chance to do so for a while.
Chen said Jia Jia is “priceless” and the team has no plans for mass production—yet.