Chinese engineer marries his 'female' robot
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31-year-old Zheng Jiajia decided to marry one of his inventions after failing to find a human partner.

The artificial intelligence expert had become so disillusioned by his failed attempts to find himself a girlfriend that he created a 'female' robot named Yingying and decided to marry that instead.

The robot is currently only able to say a few simple words and can identify Chinese characters, however Zheng intends to implement a number of upgrades to improve her capabilities.

On the big day itself, which was attended by Zheng's mother and friends, Yingying's head was hidden behind a traditional wedding veil as the couple were bound in matrimony.

As bizarre as it sounds, some experts predict that it will become commonplace for humans to marry robots within as little as 30 years and that, like in movies such as Blade Runner, they will eventually become practically indistinguishable from the real thing.