Unlucky in love engineer makes his own robot bride

  • 04/04/2017
Robot wife
Mr Zheng with Yingying (Qianjiang Evening News)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, Jane Austen said, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

And it has certainly proved true for a lonely Chinese engineer who has married the robot he created.

Last week, with his family and colleagues looking on, 31-year-old Zheng Jiajia was married to his beautiful bride that he had made himself, the Qianjiang Evening News reports.

Mr Zheng and Yingying
(Qianjiang Evening News)

Mr Zheng has a master's degree in artificial intelligence. He quit his job with smartphone giant Huawei in 2014 to pursue his dream of making artificially intelligent robots.

In 2016 he created "Yingying" - a 'female' robot that can identify Chinese characters, images, and even say a few words.

Robot wife
(Qianjiang Evening News)

A friend told the Qianjiang Evening News Mr Zheng was frustrated after failing to find a girlfriend.

Yingying and Mr Zheng reportedly 'dated' for two months before deciding to get married.

On the wedding day, Mr Zheng's robotic bride wore a black dress with a traditional Chinese red scarf veiling her head.

Robot wife
(Qianjiang Evening News)

Mr Zheng had to carry his 30kg bride, as he hasn't upgraded her to be able to walk yet.

He plans to upgrade her to walking -  and being able to help with household chores.