Man builds a Scarlett Johansson robot, ushering in the apocalypse

Like a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode made terrifyingly real, a 42-year-old man in Hong Kong has built his own talking Scarlett Johansson robot whose winking eye will probably give you nightmares.

Alas, this is not an April Fool's joke.

Product and graphic designer Ricky Ma has spent about $50,000 to fulfill a childhood dream -- no, not to be really creepy, but rather to create a robot like the ones he enjoined watching in cartoons. Why, then, did he build a life-like replica of a famous female celebrity instead of something resembling a Transformer? I don't know, maybe because they don't make crop tops and skirts that will fit Optimus Prime.

As the Mirror reports, the Mark 1 can move its arms and legs, and respond to voice commands spoken into a microphone (again, not creepy at all). For example, when Ma says, "Mark 1, you are so beautiful," the robot smiles, bows and says, "Hehe, thank you."

And then there's that unnerving winking. Listen, I know there's a whole laundry list of issues surrounding a life-like robot made to look like a celebrity, but the winking is what will keep me awake at night.

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