Watch this viral video of Sophia — the talking AI robot that is so lifelike humans are freaking out

This is Sophia.

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This is Sophia.
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“Do you like human beings?”

“I love them,” it said.

“Why?” I asked.

“I am not sure I understand why yet.”

Not an altogether terrible answer from Sophia, a robot that uses an early form of artificial intelligence, in an interview with Business Insider last week at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.

Our UK editor-in-chief, Jim Edwards, caught up with her for this interview that has gone viral on Facebook with more than 18 million views and 215,000 shares.

Watch the whole interview here:

Edwards’ takeaway: Sophia’s responses were good enough that “conversational artificial intelligence” is within our grasp. The animated head and torso were made by Hanson Robotics and are on a world tour demonstrating that AI is here and will be just great!

Or that, as Elon Musk once tweeted, AI could be more dangerous than nukes.