Willing to Sell the Rights to Your Face? a Private Company Will Pay You $128,000!
Did you know a “kind and friendly face” can now earn you hundreds of thousands of dollars? An anonymous company is more than willing to shell out $128,000, just for the right to use your face.
The extraordinary offer was made by an undisclosed private company to pay one person £100,000 (approximately $128,800) for the right to use their face on a variety of robots.
The unknown company aims to use the face to give an identity to a humanoid robot who will act as a “virtual friend” for old people. Their mission is to find a person with a “kind and friendly” face. The operation has been underway for five years and the robots are slated for manufacture this year, with the goal of developing thousands of them on a global scale.
No further details were released after the announcement, and even the names of the company and the manufacturer are unknown. The terms of the agreement are also unclear, but Geomiq, a London-based engineering firm that’s assisting with the project, says they will disclose more information to applicants who make it to the next stage of the project.
“Details of the project are scarce due to a non-disclosure agreement we’ve signed with the designer and his investors,” Geomiq wrote in a blog post.
He added that the ‘secretive’ nature of the project is the reason why the company preferred to remain anonymous for the time being. But, “it believes the robot will soon be ‘readily available’ to the public and hopes the campaign will create extra buzz ahead of its eventual release.”
As one would expect, the public is a tad skeptical about the project. Concerned about the hazy legalities of the arrangement, many are confused as to why the project hasn’t utilized Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) technology to make fake human faces. Although still in its inception phase, the technology has been used to make mock photorealistic faces that real humans are unable to differentiate from an actual person.
The project sparked curiosity and interesting suggestions from the public. One person commented on Twitter: “Have these people ever heard of GANs? There are datasets with 100k realistic (but not real) faces available already. My guess is that we can code a nice generator for less than 100k…”
Another Twitter user commented: “Why don’t they just generate a face? So unnecessary to demand a real one attached to a living person.”