We vow to love, hon­our and up­grade each other

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A 31-year-old ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence en­gi­neer in Hangzhou, China, has mar­ried a fe­male ro­bot he cre­ated from scratch.

Zheng Ji­a­jia built the “fem­bot” late last year and named her Yingy­ing. He then “mar­ried” the lucky piece of elec­tron­ics last week in an in­for­mal cer­e­mony, ac­cord­ing to the South China Morn­ing Post.

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. Zheng told lo­cal publi­ca­tions that he planned to up­grade Yingy­ing so she could talk, move around and even do house­work.

Yingy­ing isn’t just a tro­phy-bot for Zheng. He said she could iden­tify Chi­nese char­ac­ters and im­ages, and even say a few sim­ple words, ac­cord­ing to the pa­per.

But she can only com­mu­ni­cate with him, which is a lit­tle strange since Zheng has made his bot bride the of­fi­cial spokesper­son of his com­pany, a start-up called Brain of Things. That’s a de­ci­sion that might strike some as nep­bot­tism.

Ac­cord­ing to Shang­hai­ist, a friend who at­tended the wed­ding told the Qian­jiang Evening News that Zheng’s fam­ily had been pes­ter­ing him to set­tle down.

So he got mar­ried to a ro­bot just to get them off his back and be­cause had sworn not to fall in love again af­ter his col­lege sweet­heart broke his heart. How­ever, Zheng told the pa­per the friend was just jok­ing.

– The Huff­in­g­ton Post

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