The unsettlingly near-lifelike Jia Jia took three years to create and is being programmed to laugh and cry. Dubbed a ‘robot goddess’, Jia Jia is China’s latest effort in the field of humanoid robotics and is capable of minute facial expressions and autonomous movement. The unsettlingly near-lifelike humanoid marvel took three years to create at the University of Science and Technology of China, in the country’s eastern Anhui province. When greeted by its creator, Chen Xiaoping, it replies: “Yes, my lord, what can I do for you?” And later on, when gawping journalists get up close with their cameras, it jokes: “The photos taken from your angle will make my face look bigger.” Chinese media declared it “good-looking”, praised its lip-syncing capabilities and even suggested that its eyes roll naturally – at least, compared to previous models. It will also provide services based on cloud computing. Researchers hope to develop technology that will allow Jia Jia to laugh and cry, according to state media. They also want to boost its intelligence and overcome technological limitations to let it make broader facial expressions.