Famous dead pop legend Michael Jackson intended to construct an eerily-lifelike robotic duplicate of himself, according to reports. Detailed three-dimensional scans of the deceased globo-celeb's body were made, and the super-accurate body maps are now said to be on sale for a million dollars. The story was reported yesterday by …
Michael Jackson wasn't a robot?! Who'd have thought...
I know who the scientists were....
....Please welcome Stations most bodacious creation(s)
Also I have the bones of Robert Maxwell - all bidders welcome.
.. our gigantic Jacko Robot overlords
Does anyone else expect a conspiracy theory to start now implying that he's not dead and they buried a robotic duplicate?
"...scans of the deceased globo-celeb's body were made..."
Why did they wait until he was dead before making the scans? Or did you mean "now-deceased"? Or is the robot gonna look like he did in the Thriller video?
Going once, Going twice, ...
...and SOLD to Madame Tussauds.
Spending a year dead for tax reasons.
I for one
welcome our gargantuan, charmona-muthafukka-shrieking overlord. May we be ground beneath his huge but immaculate moonwalking sequinned loafers.
His droid is in the casket!
That "Read More" section at the bottom of the page...
...reads "READ MORE: Robot Michael Jackson Evil Twin Duplicate 3d" and would make a hell of an elevator pitch for a movie. Better that that Monopoly concept.
But who to play the lead role?
Oh, and @Lottie: Most triumphant! *air guitar*
If I make any comments about using this data to make a life-like MJ Droid, and then allow the kids to play with him (for a change), would I get banned?
Shouldn't that be...
...Hotwhite Jackson? ;)
As for the robot... didn't he already have one in Moonwalker? :D
'Does anyone else expect a conspiracy theory to start now implying that he's not dead and they buried a robotic duplicate?'
I hadn't, but I think this is the perfect opportunity to start one.
And it's also a good time for him to start appearing in the Reg's unrivalled Playmobil CCTV footage - possibly replacing Optimus Prime during Transformers religious holidays.
So... nothing to do with the giant statues of MJ that were created for the HIStory promotion then?
Though I think the Daily Star's version sounds much more plausible... Yup, definitely. No sarcasm here.
didn't he mention it during the seance?
Michael Jackson R&D so far...
This is actually a multi-million project. Here's the latest prototype ...
Its amazing how they have got so close.
No Mecha-Jackson pun?
Shame on you
Hmm, there's something not quite right about this story.. let me see...
"The story was reported yesterday by the Daily Star"
Ah, there it is! Is The Register is going to start reporting Daily Star stories as if they had any relationship to fact or real life?
High resolution images, you mean like the ones that they use to make statues and wax works?
both of which would be a much more credible use than a robot. I'll believe that the images were intended for a robot when I see plans for a robot. Until then my money is that they were for a plain ordinary model. Or maybe some kind of automated fairground attraction like they have in Disney land. But not an actual robot.
...so TruBones claims to have motion capture footage of Jackson and someone else has a full-body scan made before he fell completely apart...? Does this mean that we'll be seeing him in new music videos and movies?
Tromplography™ has arrived!
(...And a tip of the hat to Howard Chaykin for inventing that word in the '80s to describe the process of replacing an actor with a computer-generated duplicate!)
Anyone ever see the stuff he was putting up for auction before he died? This is downright normal compared to most of that.
"Or is the robot gonna look like he did in the Thriller video?"
Isn't that the one where he invented cats-eyes?
BTW, I may be the only person in Indiana who is happy that Michael Jackson is from our state. He sort of balances out Axl Rose, in a way.
But most importantly ...
... will it run on Linux?
flame retardant hair
Hopefully the mecha-mikey will come with flame proof hair.
I for one scoff at our new robo-jackson overloards!
Is there a welder in the house?
It's grabbed itself on the "whhOOOhhh!" again.
Oh, if only I had a million bucks...
...so I could buy up all those body scans and plans and such, and destroy them immediately.
The original Michael Jackson was insufferable enough.
Thanks for that. I was too worried about getting flack for it to say it first....
Can we change the song in this bar now? MJ is making my beer go stale
What, so when your client dies, you can flog their confidential data to the highest bidder? Unacceptable unless Jacko approved this before his death.
Correct me if I'm wrong
...after all, I am not a Lawyer, nor a resident of the USofA, so...
...if MJ had the scans done, I assumed he paid for them. Which would make them part of the Estate of the deceased. Which would make the company's attempt at selling them off illegal.
@AC "No Mecha-Jackson pun?"
Mecha-l Jackson, shirley?
Paris, because just like Mecha-Jackson, she's been known to go from suck to blow...
The "late superstar's roboticist"
So how many starts have a roboticist?
And does Paris have roboticist?
Asking for a friend....
iParis 2.0 ??
He watched Tron, but wanted to bypass the ugly, cut-up-by-a-laser stage.
This is all we need, an electronic version of Jacko wandering through our networks playing havoc with (Oow!) our word processing (cha-cha.) and nicking the mouse.
Let's hope that when he enters the arena, that those are light discs he is throwing. Did he ever have a licence to ride a light-bike outside Neverland?
@Neoc, given the state of his finances, whos to say he actually paid for them?
Bah forget it !!
there are enough photos of him to easily map out a 3d model for much less than 1 mill
"But who to play the lead role?"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course.
*Thick Austrian accent*
"I'm sorry, I cannot pay for this coffee. My wallet is full of PAIN!"
No Mecha-Jackson pun?
Wouldn't that be Metal Mickey?
May I be the first...
...to welcome our 50-ft tall moon-walking overlord?
There's only one thing to do!
Call Robert Smith!
Robert Smith... Robert Smith...
Harrods will ..
.. no doubt snap these up and start constructing bespoke Jackos for er, all those discerning customers that they have..