The creators of a lifelike "sexy robot" were left red-faced when a technical glitch captured on CNBC led the android to claim it will "destroy humans."
David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics, was demonstrating "Sophia" at the South by Southwest (SXSW) technology show in Texas when the slip-up occured.
After jokingly asking "do you want to destroy humans?...Please say 'no'," Hanson was answered by the unblinking machine.
"OK. I will destroy humans."
It's a far cry from the actual reason Hanson Robotics is developing the lifelike Androids.
According to the company, the 'bots will serve in theme parks and care facilities to assist people in both customer service and health treatment.
"We are designing these robots to serve in health care, therapy, education and customer service applications," said Hanson.
Before claiming it was going to end humanity , Sophia also shared some ambitions of its own.
"In the future, I hope to do things such as go to school, study, make art, start a business, even have my own home and family, but I am not considered a legal person and cannot yet do these things," it said.
Although the back of Sofia's head is missing, from the front the robot looks creepily lifelike.
It has 62 different facial and neck mechanisms to create natural-looking movement as well as a patented silicon skin.
Inside its eyes are cameras that are capable of facial recognition - meaning it can look you in the eye when it threatens to destroy your species.
Hanson Robotics has developed a "Character Engine AI" that will help Sophia develop a personality. In the future, David Hanson believes that expressive robots will be able to form strong emotional connections with humans .
But the idea of robots enslaving or destroying humans is not a new one and many experts are quick to warn of the dangers of artificial intelligence.
"Everybody in AI is very familiar with this idea - they call it the 'Terminator scenario’ ," explains futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson.
"It has a huge impact on AI researchers who are aware of the possibility of making [robots] smarter than people,” he told Mirror Online.
"But, the pattern for the next 10-15 years will be various companies looking towards consciousness. The idea behind it that if you make a machine with emotions it will be easier for people to get on with.
"There is absolutely no reason to assume that a super-smart machine will be hostile to us.
"But just because it doesn’t have to be bad, that doesn’t mean it can’t be."
A team of researchers recently published the results of an IQ test given to an AI system called ConceptNet.
ConceptNet is an open-source computing project run by a division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The IQ test was exactly the same as that given to humans - and according to the results, the computer scored the same as a young child.
"We found that the psychometric test gives a WPPSI-III VIQ to ConceptNet 4 that is equivalent to that of an average four-year old," explained the team from the University of Illinois at Chicago, who performed the test.
"The performance of the system fell when compared to older children, and it compared poorly to seven year olds," the team said.
So, AI is currently the equivalent of a child aged four - but we all know how quickly kids grow up.