This month saw the release of Ex-Machina, a film featuring a female robot called Ava. Similar territory had been explored in Spike Jonzie's movie Her not long ago. Of course, the theme of man creating human-like creatures is quite old: the Prague Golem, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the robot double in Fritz Lang's silent movie classic Metropolis or the androids of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner to name but a few. In some of these examples men create artificial (attractive) women to provide companionship and/or to manipulate other men. Of course, there are some quite astounding developments in robotics, particularly in Japan; and if you do a search on "robot girlfriends" you can find some interesting, but also disturbing links to latest developments in robotics and their commercial applications.
Of course, the encounter with human-like, but not quite human machine, may evoke uncanny sensations, a strong feeling of unease and repulsion, a phenomenon that the Japanese robotics professor Masahiro Mato referred to as 'The Uncanny Valley'. If you find all this stuff interesting, you should definitely come and see Sandman. I won't give away more than that. Just have a look HRP-4C; not quite uncanny, but getting close.