The robot company wants to “buy out” your face for $200,000, if it’s friendly enough

The black industry chain of reselling face information may have been familiar to us. The unique face for individuals may be the flow of data and profit-making methods in the hands of others. But someone approached you openly and paid for the permanent right to use your face. Would you like it?

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Recently, the robot company Promobot issued a solicitation to the world. The goal is a "kind and friendly" face and the permanent use right of this face. The payment is 200,000 US dollars. The application method is to send a face photo. It considers all people over the age of 25, regardless of race or gender, as long as they look "amiable."

Promobot is a robotics startup company established in Perm, Russia in 2015. It claims to be the largest manufacturer of "service robots" in Northern and Eastern Europe. It develops service robots for customers in 40 countries and regions, including but not limited to Daycare centers, police stations, airports, supermarkets, hospitals.

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They mainly provide three kinds of robots-the most mainstream service robot V.4, the humanoid robot Robo-C, and the temperature control robot Thermocontrol that measures body temperature. Promobot introduced on the official website:

We develop in the fields of mechatronics, electronics, artificial intelligence and neural networks, autonomous navigation, speech recognition, artificial skin and muscles, and human-computer interaction.

This looks very gimmicky call is Promobot's "Humanoid" project for an anonymous customer, for which they want to create a new, surreal robot series.

The company will make 3D models of faces and bodies for successful applicants. The models are expected to be used in hotels, shopping malls, airports, etc. in North America and the Middle East as early as 2023.

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In addition to providing portraits, successful applicants must also dictate at least 100 hours of speech materials to create realistic voices that can communicate in complex conversations. However, the sound does not seem to be an additional price.

According to Promobot, it received more than 20,000 applications in one day, and now customers have stopped. The company said in a comforting tone, “Don’t worry if you haven’t had time to submit an application, we will have more projects in the future. Subscribe to our Instagram and stay tuned.”

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It is not yet known whether the winning face will be used elsewhere. But Promobot's previous "humanoid robot" project was not very pleasant.

Promobot's "companion robot" Robo-C, with 600 micro-simulation options on the head, is said to be able to reproduce the appearance of anyone. Promobot used celebrities to promote Robo-C: "Marilyn Monroe met with guests, Shakespeare told children fairy tales, Ronaldo managed the smart home system."

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Mentioning these celebrities may be just guts, but Promobot really made a robot bust of Arnold Schwarzenegger and made an appearance at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the New York Toy Fair. " Schwarzenegger will come to greet your guests, and he will help you turn on the light and the kettle."

The real Schwarzenegger sent a termination letter to the company, which basically meant one thing-"like HELL I will". It is estimated that he wanted to say "Fuck you"!

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Schwarzenegger filed a lawsuit against this. Promobot used his face without authorization, which weakened his "hard-won and well-deserved reputation as a movie star." He asked Promobot to pay $10 million in compensation, plus any profits derived from it. .

According to reports, the price of each Robo-C is between US$25,000 and US$50,000. Therefore, Promobot's proposal to buy a face at a price of $200,000 may be a precautionary measure to avoid such legal disputes, but whether this buyout price is reasonable remains to be discussed.

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Interestingly, Promobot also specifically distinguishes the difference between V.4 and Robo-C in the official website list . Robo-C, which can be customized in appearance, is completely anthropomorphic, able to replicate human facial expressions, moving eyes, eyebrows, lips and other muscles; V.4 can not customize the appearance except for custom spray paint.

▲ The animation is made from: Promobot official website video

V.4 and Robo-C are not only very different from the naked eye, but also have some differences in function. V.4 adds functions such as height adjustment, autonomous movement, surveying and mapping systems, automatic connection to charging stations, and customized action development. Other services such as Q&A, available languages, face recognition, receipt printing, etc. are shared by both.

▲ Picture from: Promobot

But these two kinds of robots seem a little strange. We can't decide who is better. Do you want to customize your own "Uncanny Valley" Robo-C, or you want V.4 with a smile on your face, but it doesn't seem to be very smart. Guys? I wonder if the so-called "kind and friendly" face is permanently covered on the robot, will it still look amiable?

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