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Inventor builds super creepy 'Scarlett Johansson' robot

No, you can't have sex with it.
Inventor builds super creepy 'Scarlett Johansson' robot
Andrew Tarantola
Andrew Tarantola|@terrortola|April 1, 2016 3:54 PM

Ricky Ma, an inventor and maker, has spent the last year and a half building a robotic starlet from scratch on the balcony of his Hong Kong apartment. He recently unveiled the Mark I, a $50,000 prototype modeled after... well, he wouldn't specify to Reuters but come on, that's obviously Scarlett Johansson. The robot is comprised of a 3D-printed skeleton supporting the various electronic and mechanical bits with everything wrapped in a pliable silicone skin.

While it may look eerily like her, the Mark I does not possess her acting chops. The robot currently only offers a set of canned phrases and movements in response to verbal commands, though that's still really impressive considering that Ma is completely self-taught.

"I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realise my dream," Ma told Reuters. "If I realise my dream, I will have no regrets in life." Ma hopes to sell his prototype to an investor and use the funds to build more and better robots.

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Inventor builds super creepy 'Scarlett Johansson' robot