Well, we're here folks. We've reached the point in history where people are able to bridge that gap called the uncanny valley and make not-real-things that look like real-real things.
Are you excited? Don't answer until you've reached the end of this post.
42-year-old graphic designer turned roboticist Ricky Ma has created a robot that bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain actress known for playing Black Widow. He won't actually reveal which Hollywood starlet the robot is based on, instead opting to call her "Mark 1," but come on -- it's Scarlett Johansson.
Ma didn't know anything about robotics before becoming inspired to create the $50,000
Scarlett Johansson-Bot Mark 1, but learned subjects like electromechanics and computer programming in order to complete his mission, which took about two years.
In addition to being able to move her arms, legs, hands, and eyes to wink at you,
Scarlett Johansson-Bot Mark 1 will always reply "Hehe, thank you" to her male inventor when he calls it beautiful.
(I'm just going to leave this article about the gender politics of inanimate objects made to serve us and another video about street harassment here for no reason at all.)
"I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realize my dream. If I realize my dream, I will have no regrets in life," said Ma of his creation to Reuters. No word if one of Scarlett Johansson's dreams is to be immortalized in silicone and a metal exoskeleton, but who knows! It's a weird and wild world we live in.
Watch video of
Scarlett Johansson-Bot Mark 1 in action below.