Here's why you shouldn't sell your face — even if a company pays you ₹9 million

(Representative image) A UK based startup is offering people ₹9 million to give them their faceUnsplash
  • A UK-based startup is looking for a ‘kind and friendly’ face to star in their upcoming lineup of human-looking robots.
  • And they’re willing to pay ₹9 million to the person who gets selected.
  • Geomiq will only be manufacturing the human-looking robots for another company, which is undisclosed.
Geomiq, a startup based in the UK, is looking for people who are willing to sell their face. In exchange, they’re offering ₹9 million (₹90 lakh).

The company which is searching for a ‘kind and friendly’ face, wants to use the winner’s facial features for their new line of human-looking robots.

These human-looking robots will reportedly assist the elderly in old age homes and give them company, according to the company.

Here are all the reasons why selling your face might be a bad idea, even if there’s ₹9 million up for grabs:
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Geomiq isn’t the actual company behind the human-looking robot army. They’re only manufacturing and building them for an unnamed robotics company.

Geomiq isn’t the actual company behind the human-looking robot army. They’re only manufacturing and building them for an unnamed robotics company.

A veil of secrecy surrounds the project, only the final winner will be privy to the full details.

A veil of secrecy surrounds the project, only the final winner will be privy to the full details.

As much as ₹9 million is for the rights to your face — depending on the scope of the license. This could mean that the company can use your face however they like on the robots.

As much as ₹9 million is for the rights to your face — depending on the scope of the license. This could mean that the company can use your face however they like on the robots.

Handing over the license to your face also means that you will never be able to sue for invasion of privacy or violation of the right of publicity. So, you won’t be entitled to any of the profits that the company earns from your face.

Handing over the license to your face also means that you will never be able to sue for invasion of privacy or violation of the right of publicity. So, you won’t be entitled to any of the profits that the company earns from your face.

A person’s face is a unique part of their personality — giving up your face will mean that ‘thousands’ of robots might feature your face around the world.

A person’s face is a unique part of their personality — giving up your face will mean that ‘thousands’ of robots might feature your face around the world.

​Companies are known to use misleading tactics to get data from users. Earlier this year, Google admitted that it ran a project where its engineers were on the streets asking people for their facial data in exchange for a $5 gift certificate to Starbucks.

​Companies are known to use misleading tactics to get data from users. Earlier this year, Google admitted that it ran a project where its engineers were on the streets asking people for their facial data in exchange for a $5 gift certificate to Starbucks.

Media reports later revealed that Google had contracted another company, Randstad, which specifically targets homeless people with dark skin.

Media reports later revealed that Google had contracted another company, Randstad, which specifically targets homeless people with dark skin.
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