A sex doll company that's been making products for those searching a more 'intimate' experience has fashioned its most realistic creation yet - a robot that can speak and be programmed with a personality.
The high-grade silicone doll, created by Realbotix and called Harmony 2.0, is believed to be the first equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) technology. It has 18 changeable personality traits that can take it from being 'shy' to 'intellectual' to 'sexual' in a matter of moments.
Harmony's creators say she is able to speak with its owner about a range of topics, and has a "persistent memory" that allows it to store information from previous conversations.
In an interview with The Daily Star, Realbotix founder Matt McCullen said each user "will be able to say to her: "I'm hungry, what should I eat?" and she would say: "Well you told me pizza is your favourite food maybe you should have that".
"Once the robot is out you'll be able to connect the AI that's been created to the robot."
Each doll is said to take about 80 hours to construct, and has facial features and genitalia that can be customised based on the user's preferences. The dolls retail for US$10,000 ($14,350).
Harmony 2.0 has been designed with the goal of "alleviating loneliness and helping individuals to conquer social anxiety and intimacy phobia", according to their website.