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Startup wants to buy your face!

Posted October 26, 2019 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Picture it: Thousands of humanoid robots with your face could soon be appearing all over the world, potentially carrying out your bidding in an army of you.

Well, sort of.

According to recent reports, U.K. startup Geomiq, the maker of design and manufacturing workflow tools, is in search of a “kind and friendly” face for a line of humanoid robots that an unnamed robotics company intends to develop. The candidate with the most appropriate face could be paid as much as $111,420 for his or her likeness.

Although the details are limited due to a non-disclosure agreement that Geomiq has signed with the unnamed robotics company, reports suggest that the line of robots, which could be mass produced by the thousands, will play the role of friend and companion to the elderly.

Once selected, production of the robots is slated to begin in 2020.

Geomiq is calling on all of those with kind and friendly faces to submit their pictures to faces@geomiq.com.

Meanwhile, the rest of us should probably hold off until another robotics company expresses interest in developing humanoid robots with “tired and surly” faces.

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10/26/2019 1:11 AM

I vote for Anna Faris....

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10/26/2019 7:03 AM

I vote for Steve Buscemi.

I want to question the robots intentions.. Not wonder if it's busy later.

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10/26/2019 3:03 PM

I already sold mine to a company that makes Halloween masks!

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Re: Startuo wants to buy your face!

10/26/2019 3:52 PM

Friend and companion to the elderly... prototype....

...also under consideration....

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10/27/2019 11:46 AM

Seems like this tech is designed to circumvent facial recognition.

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10/28/2019 2:45 PM

I.....don't quite understand? With modern computer simulation and a budget as large as this why don't they just computer render a bunch of lifelike human faces and show them to different focus groups rather than trying to find an actual person.

I am quite a fan of the Gerty 3000 from the 2009 film Moon which had emoticons for a face. Sometimes the simple things work the best.

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10/28/2019 10:42 PM

I think the body language and sounds are more important....

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10/29/2019 7:10 PM

Maybe it's a legal thing. If they have a computer generate a face, it might just resemble someone, who might sue. If they buy a face, they won't be in possible legal jeopardy. Just a guess.

Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, I didn't even spend the night at Holiday Inn Express.

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10/29/2019 12:07 PM

Hey I'm onboard...

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11/04/2019 4:13 PM

History (and film) has proven this "face" to be useful:

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11/04/2019 10:31 PM

Nah, too much of a statement, and a little too on the nose (especially for government work).

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