"The designer knows that this is a big deal, and has agreed a fee of $130k to license the rights to the right face," says robotics recruiter Geomiq.
You now have a chance to be the literal face of a robotic company. A tech firm is looking for the right person to be their face for a new line of robot assistants for the elderly, reports the New York Post. If the fame wasn't enough, the company will pay the chosen candidate about $130,000 for the privilege. The privately funded firm has opted to remain anonymous due to the project’s “secretive nature,” but they have hired robotics recruiter Geomiq to find the right face for the job, according to the Mirror. Ideal applicants for the deal would require a “kind and friendly face” for the prototype, according to the recruitment ad.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the right person; let’s hope we can find them,” said a Geomiq spokesperson. The lucky person will have their face reproduced on thousands of “virtual friends” and also take home the mentioned amount. The project has been five years in the making. Designers working on the project haven't disclosed a lot more than the fact that the robotic doppelgängers will soon be in production, around next year and will be “readily available to the public” upon completion.
On the application page, Geomiq acknowledges that licensing one’s visage to an unnamed robotics company for eternity is “potentially an extremely big decision.” It reads: A few weeks ago we were approached by a robotics company asking if we could help it with the finishing touches of a state-of-the-art humanoid robot it’s been working on. Details of the project are scarce due to a non-disclosure agreement we’ve signed with the designer and his investors.
OMG I can't even begin to say just how wrong this is. Where to start on this one? #privacy once it's gone...its gone. Is $130K worth it, really?— Heather MacLean (@MacLeanHeather) October 22, 2019
They also mentioned: The company says the need for anonymity is due to the ‘secretive’ nature of the project, however it believes the robot will soon be ‘readily available’ to the public and hopes the campaign will create extra buzz ahead of its eventual release. In conversation with the designer, he has also asked us to convey to hopeful people that even though we can’t release too many details at this early stage, candidates who make it through the next phase will be given full details on the project.
Let them call me, legit have an identical twin already,so third wont be a crowd 😋— Tamara Smith (@tamtamtwin) October 22, 2019
The designer has also stressed that unsuccessful candidates will not be contacted. We know that this is an extremely unique request, and signing over the licenses to your face is potentially an extremely big decision. Those who wish to sign up can just send an e-mail with your photo to [email protected] Robots can do almost everything as humans, and the only thing they needed was a realistic face. Now that we're almost there, it's time for us to sit back and let the robots take over the world.
I am here... give me that cash I have suffered for long this is a total breakthrough..— Tena Joy (@nellytenai) October 23, 2019