A Chinese man has made international headlines for marrying a robot after failing to find a human wife. At just the age of 31, the engineer apparently decided his efforts to find a living, breathing spouse were doomed and went ahead and built one himself.
Zheng Jiajia is an artificial intelligence expert who designs and creates robots, according to the Qianjiang Evening News via SCMP. He put his talents to use for his own marital purposes last year, with the engagement period lasting until a “simple” ceremony last Friday. His mother and his friends were in attendance to see him exchange vows with the robot that he named “Yingying.” She was dressed in a black suit with a red scarf over her head, traditional Chinese garb for her big day.
Yingyang is capable of identifying Chinese characters and saying a few simple words. It’s unclear if any of those words are “I do,” but Zheng eventually plans to upgrade the robot to give her the ability to walk and do household chores. Because what good would a spousal robot be without programming long entrenched gender norms?
Also unclear is if Yingyang is any type of sex robot. Robots for boning are part of a growing industry – good for headlines at the very least. Earlier this year, a robot called “Harmony” was announced that must be seduced before she can be bedded. If the £10,000 investment is too much, you can simply go to the sex robot blowjob café in London.