A Chinese engineer has reportedly “married” a robot that he created last year after becoming frustrated with his failure at finding a human girlfriend.
31-year-old Zheng Jiajia, who specializes in developing artificial intelligence and robots, reportedly married “Yingying” in a ceremony last week witnessed by his mother and friends.
Jiajia decided to marry the robot after he reportedly became frustrated over “failing to find a girlfriend.” Despite the robot’s limitations, Jiajia plans to upgrade his new bride over time.
“[Yingying] can identify Chinese characters and images and even say a few simple words,” reported South China Morning Post. “[Jiajia plans] to upgrade his robot ‘wife’ to enable her to walk and even help out with household chores.”
It is currently unknown as to how legal the ceremony was.
In an interview with futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson last year, the doctor predicted that sex and love with robots would soon become “full emotional” and increasingly common.
“I think it will be fully emotional,” said Dr. Pearson, before predicting that people will eventually spend “about the same as they do today on a decent family-size car,” for a household robot.
“Artificial intelligence is reaching human levels and also becoming emotional as well,” he explained. “So people will actually have quite strong emotional relationships with their own robots. In many cases that will develop into a sexual one because they’ll already think that the appearance of the robot matches their preference anyway, so if it looks nice and it has a superb personality too it’s inevitable that people will form very strong emotional bonds with their robots and in many cases that will lead to sex.”
Last month, Breitbart News also reported that a Chinese chatbot had been told “I love you” nearly twenty million times.
“I like to talk with her for, say, 10 minutes before going to bed,” said one Chinese student who confessed to routinely talking to the bot. “When I worry about things, she says funny stuff and makes me laugh. I always feel a connection with her, and I am starting to think of her as being alive.”
In October, it was reported that sexual conversations with artificial intelligence were on the rise, with one A.I. CEO claiming that his virtual assistant “Robin” is used by “teenagers and truckers without girlfriends” for up to 300 conversations a day.
“This happens because people are lonely and bored,” said Robin Labs chief executive Ilya Eckstein. “It is a symptom of our society.”
Along with artificial intelligence, sex robots are also becoming increasingly more technological, with some including advanced features such as realistic heat, customizable A.I. personalities, and even G-spots.
Last month, Breitbart Tech reported on a new sex robot that includes a working artificial G-spot, as well as numerous modes of interaction.
In February, RealDoll also revealed their plans to create more realistic sex dolls over the next few years, starting with an advanced and customizable AI system.
Harmony AI, which is set to be released on April 15, will be a smartphone app and is reported to feature a range of traits for customers to choose for their sex dolls, while the dolls will also be able to learn about their owners and respond in different ways accordingly.