China’s hottest robot is drawing looks once again following an appearance at an economic conference in Shanghai on Monday.
While many deep-pocketed investors and heavy hitters may have been in attendance, all anyone could talk about was Jia Jia, the stunningly lifelike robot there to greet guests and answer invasive personal questions.
“You are a handsome man,” Jia complimented one conference-goer, but when asked about her relationship status, the “robot goddess” replied that “I prefer to stay single.” What a tease,
Apart from discouraging admirers, Jia also has a firm command on the day’s weather and small talk. She is capable of using body language, auto-GPS and cloud service during her interactions with humans.
When we last met Jia in Tianjin last June, we found she was particularly receptive to compliments on her own appearance. She’s vain like that. For instance, she responded when guests told her that: “You are beautiful”; You are gorgeous”; or “You look like an 18-year-old.”
While you might think that Jia is destined for great things, according to the AFP, her inventor believes that in a decade or so, robots like her will be the ones performing menial tasks in Chinese restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals and households.
Though some robots in China have already contributed to society by becoming monks or shopping assistants, the service industry is not their forte. Last April, a Guangzhou restaurant was forced to fire its robotic wait staff for their incompetence.
[Video via AFP]
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