Chinese Engineer marries robot bride after serious heartbreak
By Patricia Uyeh
Isn’t it an odd world? Zhemg Jiajia, a 31-year-old artificial intelligence engineer in Hangzhou, China, claims to have married a female robot he invented. Although marrying a robot might be considered a great publicity stunt particularly for companies specializing in Al technology, Zheng proved otherwise as he showed that he got married to the robot to get his parents off his back. According to Shangaiist, his friend, Zheng had suffered serious heartbreak from a college girlfriend in the past so he vowed to never go into any relationship anymore.
Late last year, Zheng built the female robot and named her “Yingying.” According to the South China Morning Post, Zheng “married” the lucky piece of electronics on Friday in an informal ceremony. The marriage was a traditional ― though not legally binding ― Chinese ceremony. As is the custom, Yingying wore a black dress and had a red scarf draped over her head.
It was gathered that Zheng has made his robot bride the official spokesman of his start-up company- Brain of Things. He also revealed that his robot bride can identify Chinese characters, images and even say a few simple words. Zheng told local publications that he plans to upgrade Yingying so she can talk, move around and even do housework.