Tuesday, April 4, 2017

It Begins: "Chinese engineer ‘marries’ robot after failing to find a human wife"

Well, humans had a good run.

From the South China Morning Post:

‘Wife’ can identify Chinese characters and speak a few words, but hubby plans upgrades
A Chinese engineer has “married” a robot he created after failing to find a human spouse.
Zheng Jiajia, 31, an artificial intelligence expert who designs and creates robots in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, created the “female” robot at the end of last year, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.

The robot, which he named Yingying, can identify Chinese characters and images and even say a few simple words, the report said.

Zheng “married” his creation in a simple ceremony on Friday, according to the report.
Yingying wore a black suit on the day and “her”head was covered with a red scarf during the ceremony, a traditional Chinese wedding ritual....MORE

Sure, there are pockets of resistance:
Solidarity! Hang in there sisters! 

But I think the writing is on the wall.
Also in China, taking relationships with machines further than one might care to dwell upon.

From Jalopnik: