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Sophia the robotic. One other humanoid robotic might look similar to you. 


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

A British engineering and manufacturing agency referred to as Geomiq has put out a name for folks serious about 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 ‘type and pleasant’ face to be the literal face of the robotic as soon as it goes into manufacturing,” Geomiq says in a weblog put up concerning the venture. “This can entail the chosen individual’s face being reproduced on doubtlessly 1000’s 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 that may seem like you is privately funded and has gotten investments from impartial VCs and a “high fund” primarily based in Shanghai. Past that, the entire shebang’s moderately mysterious.

The weblog put up would not share age or gender parameters, solely asking individuals who need to license their face to submit a photograph through e-mail for the possibility at £100,000 (about $130,000, AU$188,852). Candidates who make it to the “subsequent part” 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 seek out out extra, like how a lot the individual’s face shall 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 via sculpture and visible artwork.

With the variety of adults over 85 anticipated to triple by 2050, based on some estimates, robots designed to maintain the aged firm are changing into more and more widespread. In addition they serve a sensible function, doing issues like responding to voice instructions, providing proactive notifications and recommendation and letting kinfolk monitor situations at dwelling.

And now they could do it wanting such as you.

Initially printed Oct. 21.