A Man Built A Horrifying Robot That Looks Like Scarlett Johansson
For most of us, the act of fangirling is limited to secret Google image searches and high-school era collages of celebrities or artists we admire– a secret act of cultishness but nothing that expends much energy or attention. In the case of 42-year-old Ricky Ma, who is an avid fan of both robotics and Scarlett Johansson’s bod, fangirling meant spending over $50,000 and a year and a half developing a Scar-Jo robot prototype named “Mark 1.”
The eerie robotic clone of Johansson is able to respond to a programmed set of verbal prompts, as well as make life-like facial expressions. She says things like, “Hehe, thank you for calling me beautiful!”
Like most Hollywood stars, her 3D printed skeleton is covered in flawless silicon skin. Ma employed 3D printing for 70% of her frame, and said the trials and errors he encountered on the way to a successful Johansson were numerous.
“When I started building it, I realized it would involve dynamics, electromechanics and programming. I have never studied programming, how was I supposed to code? Additionally, I needed to build 3D models for all the parts inside the robot. Also, I had to make sure the robot’s external skin and its internal parts could fit together. When you look at everything together, it was really difficult.”
Despite all the hard work and side-eye Ma says he received from his community in Hong Kong, he said he hopes to sell this prototype so he can develop another robot, which I assume will be modeled after Megan Fox.
Does this creepy marker of progress mean that our ultimate economic displacement by robots is going to feel like a slow colonization via Hollywood actresses? Will all of our future hospitality and food service jobs be taken over by prototypes of Halle Berry and Jennifer Lawrence, making us feel bad for being unemployed AND not attaining unrealistic humanoid beauty standards?
I think her all-knowing wink says it all.