A Chinese engineer has “married” a robot. Zheng Jiajia, 31, an artificial intelligence expert who designs and creates robots in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, created the “female” robot. You may ask WHY? Because he has unsuccessfully tried dating for the last six years.
However, he refused to go the way of his fellow countrymen who took sex dolls as wives. Instead, he combined his technical skills and his lonely heart to build himself the perfect wife.
The robot, named Yingying, is able to speak in simple sentences in response to audio prompts, and visually recognize Chinese characters and images.
At Huawei, where Zheng worked for three years, he founded a unit specializing in Al and robotics. Zheng now runs a startup called Brain of Things in Hangzhou’s incubator village, Dream Town, where he’s given Yingying a job as the company spokesperson.
He told the local TV station that he has plans to upgrade Yingying to give her the ability to walk and do some household chores. Therefore he had to carry her everywhere.
Their wedding ceremony was attended by his mother and friends. The bride’s head was covered in with a red veil, in traditional custom.
Jiajia is not the first person to think about marrying a robot. A team of engineers at the University of Science and Technology of China unveiled their creation last year.
Led by Chen Xiaoping, the team created Jia Jia, the lifelike robot capable of holding complete conversations with humans. Her first words spoken in public caused people to proclaim her a “robotic goddess” and the future of women. When Xiaoping spoke to her, she replied, “Yes my lord, what can I do for you?”
Although there are no plans to mass-produce, scholars suggest robot partners will soon become a reality. Experts have predicted that marriage between humans and robots will become legal by 2050, driven by public demand.