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Correction: The original headline had an amount of 10K instead of 50K. It has been fixed.
You have to be a special kind of lonely to go through this much to create the perfect companion.
Hong Kong graphic designer Ricky Ma, 42, spent tens of thousands of dollars and a year and a half to build a robot replica of actress Scarlett Johansson complete with a 3-D printed skeleton and silicone skin, the New York Post reported.
He even has it programmed to respond to his verbal commands and to say “thank you” with a giggle when he calls it beautiful.
“When I was a child, I liked robots,” he told the Post. “I liked watching animation. I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realize my dream. If I realize my dream, I will have no regrets in life.”
And despite being the target of mockery during the building process he is pleased with the results of his toil.
“During this process, a lot of people would say things like, ‘Are you stupid? This takes a lot of money. Do you even know how to do it? It’s really hard,’ ” he said. “When you look at everything together, it was really difficult.”
And hey what could possibly go wrong?
Unless you count the robot unveiled at SXSW that said it wanted to destroy humans and the countless warnings of top scientists like Stephen Hawking who believe artificial intelligence will result in the end of the human race.
But as long as the destruction of humanity doesn’t bug you, it’s all good.
Ma plans to write a book about his experience with the project.
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