In Totally Normal News: Chinese Inventor Builds A $50,000 Scarlett Johansson Robot

Posted Sunday, April 10th, 2016 09:00 am GMT -4 by

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We all have our celebrity crushes, right?  But can you imagine what you’d do if you ever met them?  Can you imagine having them become a part of your everyday life?  If you’re not a ten year-old, the answer to that last one is probably “no.”  But maybe that’s because you aren’t industrious enough.

Ricky Ma, a 42 year-old designer from Hong Kong has had a lifetime fascination with robots and despite naysayers, channeled his interest into a mostly 3D-printed automaton he calls Mark-1.

This is her:

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Nope your eyes do not deceive you.  Ma spent over $50,000 and a year and a half to build a robot version of Scarlett Johansson.  Well, Ma won’t admit which Hollywood star he based his design on, but… well you can see.

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Yes, science has officially gone too far.  What is particularly interesting (and even more frightening) is that Ma is a graphic designer not a professional robotics scientist/engineer.  He had to learn programming and other skills in order to construct Scarlett Mark-1.  Basically, the way a sane person may build model trains or LEGOs, he channeled his energy and free time into making a FREAKIN’ SCARLETT JOHANSSON ROBOT!!!  AS A HOBBY!!!

If you aren’t freaked out enough just looking at it, here is a short video showing her in action.  In it, Ma describes he process of constructing this monstrosity:

I probably should admit this, but I have a cardboard cutout of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and THAT used to freak me out so much, I ended up attaching it to the inside of my closet door because I’d get startled whenever I happened to glance over and see a life size figure standing in the corner.  And that was just a cardboard cutout!

Can you imagine a jerkily moving, dead-eyed, robot-voiced duplicate of your favorite actor chillin’ in your crib?!  No thanks!

Is this a marvel (no pun intended) of technology?  Or a nightmare brought to life?  Would YOU like a robot of your favorite star?  (If you have $50,000, it looks like you can have one.)

Source: Daily Dot

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  • Corndog

    I’d like to borrow that for two and a half minutes. Maybe even three.

  • DNTME

    Until it can move about and actually do things, it’s just another animatronic figure and not really a robot. I get tired of everything being labled robot.