A Chinese artificial intelligence engineer has given up on the search for love and “married” a robot he built himself.
Zheng Jiajia, 31, decided to commit after failing to find a human spouse, his friend told Qianjiang Evening News.
Zheng had also become tired of the constant nagging from his family and pressure to get married, so he turned to a robot he built late last year and named Yingying.
After two months of “dating”, he donned a black suit to “marry” her at a ceremony attended by his mother and friends at the weekend in the eastern city of Hangzhou.
While not officially recognised by the authorities, the union had all the trappings of a typical Chinese wedding, with Yingying’s head covered with a red cloth in accordance with local tradition.
China has one of the worst gender gaps in the world, mainly due to sex-selective abortions after the introduction of the country’s widely criticised one-child policy, which for decades controlled how many children each family could have.