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Jul 26, 2018

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive

Amid Beijing's push to turn the country into an artificial intelligence (AI) powerhouse and embed the technology in all facets of life, some Chinese entrepreneurs are taking the expertise to a new frontier: sex dolls.

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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A worker holds a doll's head to cool it down in front of a fan at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. All dolls at the factory are handmade and each requires the cooperation of at least five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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A worker prepares to test an artificial intelligence (AI) enhanced sex doll at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The company hopes the AI dolls will eventually take off with overseas customers, including those in the United States - exports account for 80 percent of their sales, and half of their overseas shipments go to the United States. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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Workers assemble sex dolls at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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Sex doll heads are seen in boxes about to be sealed and shipped off to customers at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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A sex doll hangs in the warehouse at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 12, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A worker assembles a sex doll at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. All dolls at the factory are handmade and each requires the cooperation of at least five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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A sex doll's metal skeleton is seen on the operating platform at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. All dolls at the factory are handmade and each requires the cooperation of at least five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A worker attaches a nail to a sex doll's finger at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 12, 2018. All dolls at the factory are handmade and each requires the cooperation of at least five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Heads of sex dolls are displayed in a cabinet in an office at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 12, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Employees work at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 12, 2018. The factory has over 200 full-time workers, all dolls are handmade and each requires the cooperation of at least five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Workers check the circuits of a sex doll called Lucy at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The company hopes the AI dolls will eventually take off with overseas customers, including those in the United States - exports account for 80 percent of their sales, and half of their overseas shipments go to the United States. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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Workers hang a sex doll in the warehouse at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The exports account for 80 percent of WMDOLL sales, and half of their overseas shipments go to the United States. Dolls with tanned skin colour are the most popular in overseas markets. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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Different moulds for making dolls are seen in a workshop at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A male sex doll hangs in the warehouse at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 12, 2018. About one percent of the products at the factory are male dolls, and are mostly bought by male consumers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Parts of sex dolls are seen on operating platforms waiting to be checked at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Workers have lunch among sex dolls at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 12, 2018. The factory has over 200 full-time workers, all dolls are handmade and each requires the cooperation of over five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Workers wait for an elevator with a sex doll at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Sex dolls with different shapes and skin colours hang in a warehouse at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The exports account for 80 percent of WMDOLL sales, and half of their overseas shipments go to the United States. Dolls with tanned skin colour are the most popular in overseas markets. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A worker stands in an elevator with sex dolls at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A worker takes a photo of a sex doll at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. Online customers can choose different doll styles according to pictures. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Three sex dolls, all called Lucy, have their moving parts controlled by remote control at the WMDOLL factory's display room in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The company hopes the AI dolls will eventually take off with overseas customers, including those in the United States - exports account for 80 percent of their sales, and half of their overseas shipments go to the United States. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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Various styles and designs of sex dolls are displayed at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The exports account for 80 percent of WMDOLL sales, and half of their overseas shipments go to the United States. Dolls with tanned skin colour are the most popular in overseas markets. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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A worker prepares a sex doll for a photo shoot at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. Online customers can choose different doll styles according to pictures. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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The head of a sex doll mould is seen on an operating platform at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. All dolls in the factory are handmade and each requires the cooperation of at least five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Sex dolls hang from racks in the warehouse at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Various doll heads covered with dust bags are seen on shelves at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Metal skeletons for sex dolls are displayed at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. All dolls at the factory are handmade and each requires the cooperation of at least five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Sex doll heads are seen at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 12, 2018. The company hopes the AI dolls will eventually take off with overseas customers, including those in the United States - exports account for 80 percent of their sales, and half of their overseas shipments go to the United States. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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Sex dolls lie on operating platforms during a lunch break at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 12, 2018. All dolls at the factory are handmade and each requires the cooperation of at least five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

NSFW: China’s sex doll makers jump on AI drive
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Workers assemble sex dolls at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The exports account for 80 percent of WMDOLL sales, and half of their overseas shipments go to the United States. Dolls with tanned skin colour are the most popular in overseas markets. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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Wigs displayed on a shelf at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory produces around 2,000 dolls a month, including dozens of different shapes of body and over 260 different faces. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A worker assembles a sex doll at the WMDOLL factory in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, July 11, 2018. The factory has over 200 full-time workers, all dolls are handmade and each requires the cooperation of at least five workers. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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