Monday, 8 May 2017

Chinese Engineer Builds His Dream Robot Wife, And Then Marries Her

What do you do when you get sick and tired of looking for the perfect partner to no avail? For those of us who have been somewhat unlucky in love, there is only one thing we can do: keep looking. But Chinese Artificial Intelligence expert Zheng Jiajia chose differently. He decided to build his robot wife from scratch.

Why Did He Choose A Robot Wife Instead Of A Real Woman?

31-year-old Zheng Jiajia, an AI expert who is a former Huawei employee and currently creates robots in Hangzhou, China, felt utterly disappointed with his dating experiences. Unable to find a human companion to his liking, he created his dream “female” robot at the end of last year, reports South China Morning Post.

He named the robot Yingying, and has so far enabled her to identify Chinese characters and images, and even say a few simple words – though whether “I do” is among them remains unknown.

For now, she can only communicate with her creator/ husband, which is somewhat strange since Zheng has made his robot wife the official spokesperson of his company: a startup named “Brain of Things”, according to Mashable. However, Zheng is planning to upgrade his robot wife so she will soon be able to walk and help out with household chores, so maybe even more updates that will make Yingying more sociable are on the way too.

An Unusual Ceremony

The Chinese eccentric “married” his creation in a “simple” ceremony (whatever that means, considering the situation), according to reports. Following the Chinese tradition, Yingying was in a black suit on the day and “her” head was covered with a red scarf during the Chinese wedding ritual, which was also attended by Zheng’s mother and his friends. It should be noted, however, that this type of unconventional wedding is not legally binding (at least not yet).

Whether this is a publicity stunt to draw attention to his own company, or a guy’s sincere and desperate effort to find love in the mechanical eyes of his robot wife remains to be seen. In his interview with Pear Video, the man himself said: “My dream of making my own spouse finally came true. I want to see robots in every home, and ultimately I want to build a realistic robot girlfriend.”

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