A friend wrote recently to advise re this article, that goes to the 365 000 members of the largest engineering society in the world, about an effort to create a female android that smiles.
Look, even Dilbert would not take her out for the evening, and that is saying a lot. He would otherwise spend yet another evening with Dogbert and Catbert.
I suspect the designers will not get past the barrier created by the fact that the real human brain is more like an ocean than a machine, and many human decisions are not made by step-by-step pathways. (Which does not mean that they are badly made, either.)
I stay away from gatherings like the author of the article will soon be asked to address because I would probably be unable to stop myself from getting somewhere near an open mike and saying, softly to be sure:
Actually, you could replicate a human brain in about ten months if you and your wife were willing to risk what God told Adam and Eve to go and do. And, in your lifetime, that is the only way you will ever do it. …
[O’Leary’s mike suddenly goes dead at that point …]