Thu, 20 Jan 2022

PERM KRAI, Russia: Tech company Promobot is planning the launch of a new line of human-looking robots, but first they want to give them friendly faces.

While the company could choose to use a range of computer-generated created faces, instead it looking for actual people to lend their faces for the newest group of robots, and is willing to pay US$200,000 for the rights to these faces.

Promobot said it is hunting for "kind and friendly" faces, but is open to applications from people of all races and genders over the age of 25.

Promobot is hoping to use their robots in hotels, shopping centers and airports in North America and the Middle East beginning in 2023.

"Our company is developing technologies in the field of facial recognition, as well speech, autonomous navigation, artificial intelligence and other areas of robotics," it says on its website.

"Since 2019, we have been actively manufacturing and supplying humanoid robots to the market. Our new clients want to launch a large-scale project, and as for this, they need to license a new robot appearance to avoid legal delays," it added.

The winning applicants will have to sign a license agreement allowing "the use of their appearance for an unlimited period."

Promobot is not the first tech company to offer considerable amounts of money for the rights to someone's face.

In 2019, an unnamed privately funded firm, who chose to remain anonymous because of its project's "secretive nature," offered $130,000, for a "kind and friendly face."

The robots were intended to enter production last year, but the progress of the project is currently unknown.

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