Tech Company Will Pay $200,000 to Use Your Face and Voice on Its Robots



Russian robotics company Promobot recently announced plans to buy the rights to use someone’s face and voice on its robots forever for the price of $200,000. Known for producing hyper-realistic, humanlike robots, Promobot is currently developing a humanoid robot-assistant that will work in hotels, shopping malls and other crowded places. That puts them in the market for a kind and friendly face to use on it. To that end, the Russian startup has announced that it's willing to pay $200,000 to anyone agreeable to transfering the rights to their face to Promobot forever. The company clarified that it will accept applications from people 25 and older of all races and genders. After a face is selected by Promobot, the winning applicant will need to have a 3D model of their face made to be used for the robot’s external features. The contract also gives the company rights to the person’s voice, so the winner will also have to dictate at least 100 hours of speech material to create the robot’s voice. Licensing your face and voice to a robotics company for an "unlimited period” is a scary proposition for many people, but there are plenty who wouldn’t think twice before signing on the dotted line for $200,000. Promobot stopped taking applications on Monday, after being inundated with over 20,000 applications.