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China launches ‘artificial woman’ with 72-hour charge and no need for food? No, video from old computer game

IN SHORT: Is Chloe a woman of dreams? No, the video is computer-generated and shows a character in a 2018 PlayStation game about robots gaining humanity.

“Artificial woman made in China has been launched in the Chinese market,” read near-identical captions to a video circulating on social media in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in early December 2022.

The video shows what seems to be an uncanny-looking woman with a blonde ponytail and blue eyes. She identifies herself as Chloe, and is answering questions from a man off-camera who calls himself John.

The video’s typical caption continues: “Body Meat 100% Fanta Flesh Material Made With Silicone Parts. Works for 72 hours without interruption on a single charge. No soul / spirit. No need for food.”

Some versions add that the “artificial woman” is “named as ‘HOORI’ with a market price of Rs.200000 + tax”. That’s 200,000 Indian rupees

“The company plans to launch this ‘HOORI’ in India soon to target the youth of India. *No dowry ... no horoscopes. Cooks, does household cores, no arguments, no demands or commands!”

The claim also appears with screenshots of the video.

But the video isn’t real. It’s CGI, computer-generated imagery. It shows a character in a PlayStation game released four years ago, in 2018.

ChloeGame_False

Computer game with androids winning humanity

In the video, Chloe says she is “the first personal assistant built by CyberLife. I take care of everyday tasks like cooking, housework or managing your appointments, for example.”

We ran “Chloe CyberLife” through a Google search and found several web reports on the computer game Detroit: Become Human. PlayStation released the game on 25 May 2018.

The original video can be seen on the PlayStation Europe YouTube channel, uploaded on 23 May 2018. It ends with a promo for the game’s release.

Here’s PlayStation’s description of the game:

HOW FAR WILL YOU GO TO BE FREE?

Detroit, 2038. Lifelike androids have replaced the human workforce.

They never tire, never disobey and never say “no”… until something changes.

Some of them have started to behave irrationally, as if they were feeling emotions…

Now you take control of three androids in their quest to discover who they really are.

Several Detroit: Become Human game wikis go into depth about the character of Chloe in the 2018 PlayStation game.

The video of the “artificial woman” is in fact computer-generated imagery of a character in a PlayStation game. 

Despite the promise of “72 hours without interruption on a single charge” and no need for food, the artificial woman doesn’t exist.

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