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Robots like Paro are already serving to seniors and veterans like VA Hospital resident John Wilson really feel much less lonely.


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Received a “sort and pleasant” face? Do not thoughts the concept of your mechanized doppelganger stiffly trodding the planet? You would be near $130,000 richer.

A British engineering and manufacturing agency known as Geomiq has put out a name for folks all in favour of being the face of a brand new “state-of-the-art humanoid” it is creating with an unnamed firm.

“The corporate is trying to find a ‘sort and pleasant’ face to be the literal face of the robotic as soon as it goes into manufacturing,” Geomiq says in a weblog publish concerning the venture. “This may entail the chosen individual’s face being reproduced on doubtlessly hundreds of variations of the robots worldwide.”

The robotic line has been within the works for 5 years, Geomiq says, and can end in a companion for seniors.

Geomiq says the corporate behind the bot which may seem like you is privately funded and has gotten investments from unbiased VCs and a “prime fund” primarily based in Shanghai. Past that, the entire shebang’s fairly mysterious.

The weblog publish does not share age or gender parameters, solely asking individuals who need to license their face to submit a photograph through e mail for the prospect at £100,000 (about $130,000, AU$188,852). Candidates who make it to the “subsequent section” will apparently get full particulars on the venture. The secrecy, Geomiq says, is because of a non-disclosure settlement it is signed with the robotic’s designer and buyers.


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I’ve reached out to Geomiq to search out out extra, like how a lot the individual’s face will likely be modified to suit the robotic’s construction and why the designer is not using an artist to create the robo-face given how a lot is known concerning the aesthetics and mechanics of portraying character by means of sculpture and visible artwork.

With the variety of adults over 85 anticipated to triple by 2050, in keeping with some estimates, robots designed to maintain the aged firm are turning into more and more widespread. Additionally they serve a sensible function, doing issues like responding to voice instructions, providing proactive notifications and recommendation and letting kin monitor situations at house.

And now they could do it wanting such as you.