Although it may seem like something out of Black Mirror’s, the idea of giving your face to an automated robot could be a real possibility.
Promobot, a robot manufacturer, is looking for a humanoid roboticist to join its team. It will work in shopping centers, airports, and hotels starting in 2023.
The firm is offering a whopping £150,000 ($200,000) to the brave volunteer, who must be willing to transfer the rights to use of their face forever.
Promobot Robot Manufacturing is in search of a humanoid robot designer to join its team. The robotic device will operate at airports, shopping malls, hotels and other locations starting 2023.
The firm is offering a whopping £150,000 ($200,000) to the brave volunteer, who must be willing to transfer the rights to use of their face forever
You could be the next face of the robot.
The tech company is looking for someone who can be friendly and kind, in order to work as a robot-assistant on its humanoid robotic platform.
Promobot requires that volunteers have an open and kind face. However, they are also accepting applications from all ages and genders.
Promobot, a New York-based robotic manufacturer is known for their eerily real humanoid robots.
The robots have been used already in 43 countries and serve a variety of functions, including as administrators, concierges, managers, consultants, guide, or promoters.
Promobot stated that their company was developing technology in facial recognition as well as speech, autonomous navigation and artificial intelligence, among other areas.
“Since 2019, our company has been manufacturing and supplying humanoid robotics to the marketplace.
“Our new clients wish to launch large-scale projects. In order to prevent legal delays they will need to license new robot appearances.
This tech firm’s latest advertisement is for someone friendly and kind to join its robot-assistant team.
This tech company’s latest advertisement is for a person with friendly, kind and caring features to join a humanoid-robot-assistant.
Promobot stipulates that the volunteer should be friendly and kind. However, applications are welcome from all genders and ages.
Unnamed US companies have commissioned the robot. It will be installed in shopping malls, airports, retail stores, and other locations across North America as well.
Promobot stated that a robot will take on a different appearance in 2023 and that a select person will assume the robot’s visage.
Promobot stipulates that the volunteer should be friendly and courteous, but it accepts applications of all genders and ages.
Promobot is not stating why Promobot wants to use a human face instead of a machine-generated one – similar to the famed Sophia, a humanoid robot.
Promobot does not explain why Promobot would prefer to have a face that is real, and not one created by a computer – just like Sophia the robot.
The offer to cover the face rights is not new.
Back in 2019, an unamed robotics firm offered a £100,000 reward to a volunteer for the use of their face.
Kate Devlin (an AI and robotics expert) asked why the real-looking face was used.
She replied, “I am cool with this friendly robot thing. “But I cannot understand why a) it should have a realistically human facial expression; and b), why such an expression must come from a person.
MailOnline reached out Promobot to get more details about applying and the time when the winner will be revealed.
SOPHIA THE ROBOT – WHO IS SOPHIA?
Sophia was awarded citizenship in Saudi Arabia on October 17, 2017.
Sophia appeared for the first time in 2016, as an intelligent human-like head. She was capable of blinking, looking from side to side, and talking.
Hanson robotics from Hong Kong has created a humanoid robotic that can speak, smile, mischievously, or even make jokes.
Oct 2017, was a historic month for the robot when she became legalized as a Saudi Arabian citizen.
Sophia was the world’s first robotic citizen granted legal citizenship by this act.
Sophia is capable of some amazing things, but she doesn’t yet possess consciousness.
Hanson Robotics believes fully-sentient machines will emerge in a matter of years.
Sophia insists that the pros far outweigh any cons when it comes artificial intelligence.
Sophia stated that ‘elders will be more social, and autistic kids will have inexhaustible teachers’.