Would YOU apply? Tech firm will pay a brave volunteer £150,000 to use their face on its ROBOTS which will work in hotels, shopping malls and airports by 2023 

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  • Promobot is a robot manufacturer known for its highly realistic humanoid robots
  • It’s looking for someone with a kind and friendly face to be used on Robot Assistant
  • The firm is offering £150,000 ($200,000) to Brave volunteers who must be willing to transfer their facial access rights forever

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The idea of ​​giving a robot your face may sound like the plot of an episode of Black Mirror, but it could soon become a reality.

Robot maker Promobot is exploring a face for its next humanoid robot, which will be used in hotels, shopping malls and airports from 2023.

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The firm is offering £150,000 ($200,000) to Brave volunteers who must be willing to transfer their facial access rights forever.

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Robot maker Promobot is exploring a face for its next humanoid robot, which will be used in hotels, shopping malls and airports from 2023.

The firm is offering £150,000 ($200,000) to Brave volunteers who must be willing to transfer their facial access rights forever

The firm is offering £150,000 ($200,000) to Brave volunteers who must be willing to transfer their facial access rights forever

Can you be the face of the next robot?

In its latest campaign, the tech firm is looking for someone with a ‘kind and friendly’ face to be used on a humanoid robot-assistant.

While Promobot specified that the volunteer must have a ‘kind and friendly’ face, it is open to applications from people of any gender and age.

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Promobot is a New York-based robot manufacturer known for its highly realistic humanoid robots.

Its robots are already in use in 43 countries, serving in a range of roles, including administrators, promoters, consultants, guides and concierges.

Promobot said: ‘Our company is developing technologies in the fields of facial recognition, as well as speech, autonomous navigation, artificial intelligence and other areas of robotics.

‘Since 2019, we have been actively manufacturing and supplying humanoid robots to the market.

‘Our new customers want to undertake a large-scale project, and for this, they need to license a new robot presence to avoid legal delays.’

In its latest campaign, the tech firm is looking for someone with a ‘kind and friendly’ face to be used on a humanoid robot-assistant.

In its latest campaign, the tech firm is looking for someone with a 'kind and friendly' face to be used on a humanoid robot-assistant.

In its latest campaign, the tech firm is looking for someone with a ‘kind and friendly’ face to be used on a humanoid robot-assistant.

While Promobot specified that the volunteer must have a 'kind and friendly' face, it is open to applications from people of any gender and age.

While Promobot specified that the volunteer must have a ‘kind and friendly’ face, it is open to applications from people of any gender and age.

The robot has been commissioned by an unnamed US company, and will be used in airports, shopping malls and retail stores across North America and the Middle East.

Promobot explained, ‘A robot with a new look will begin its activities in 2023, and the face of a selected person will become the appearance of this robot.’

While Promobot specified that the volunteer must have a ‘kind and friendly’ face, it is open to applications from people of any gender and age.

Promobot hasn't explained why it wants to use a real face instead of choosing a computer-generated one - much like the famous humanoid robot Sofia

Promobot hasn’t explained why it wants to use a real face instead of choosing a computer-generated one – much like the famous humanoid robot Sofia

Promobot hasn’t explained why it wants to use a real face instead of choosing a computer-generated one – much like the famous humanoid robot Sofia.

This isn’t the first time a robotics maker has offered to pay someone for the rights to their face.

Back in 2019, an unnamed robotics firm offered a volunteer a £100,000 reward for the use of their face.

Speaking at the time, AI and robotics expert Kate Devlin questioned why real faces were being used.

‘I’m cool with the whole friendly robot thing, btw,’ he said. ‘But I can’t understand why a) it really needs a human face; and b) why that face has to be that of a real person.’

MailOnline has contacted Promobot for more information, how people can apply, and when the winner will be announced.

Who is Sofia the Robot?

In October 2017, Sofia was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.

In October 2017, Sofia was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.

Sofia first emerged in 2016 as a super-intelligent human-like head with a realistic face, capable of blinking, looking from side to side, and talking.

The humanoid robot, created by Hong Kong-based firm Hanson Robotics, can chat, smile mischievously and even crack jokes.

The robot made history in October 2017 when she legally became a citizen of Saudi Arabia.

This stunt made Sophia the first robot in the world to receive legal citizenship.

While Sophia has some impressive abilities, she doesn’t yet have consciousness.

Hanson Robotics claims that fully sensitive machines could emerge in just a few years.

Sophia herself has emphasized that when it comes to artificial intelligence there is ‘more damage than the pros’.

“Elderly people will have more company, autistic children will have endlessly patient teachers,” Sophia said.

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