Watch Live: The Washington Ideas Forum 2014

Picture of the Day: Robot Performs With Human Dance Troupe

RobotDance.jpg

Meet HRP-4C. HRP-4C, a robot designed to resemble a 20-something Japanese woman, has been taught by her creators, Kawada and AIST, how to dance, sing and strut. HRP-4C performed live with a human dance troupe for visitors to the Digital Content Expo held in Tokyo recently.

"The real story isn't how smoothly the HRP-4C moves, however, it's that the robot can interact with humans for entertainment in a way that's watchable," wrote Aaron Saenz at Singularity Hub, a website that included Kawada's HRP-4C in its Best Robots of 2009 list. "This is real art. A little basic, perhaps, but real art. As robots improve in quality, we'll only see more of this blending of machines and humans for performance. Previously, and even now, such dancing displays have been appreciated more for their novelty than their quality. Eventually, however, we'll have robots that can dance and sing with humans on equal footing."

Watch the full video below:

Read more at Singularity Hub.

Via BoingBoing.

Presented by

Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy. It's very organized."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."

Video

The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands

Video

'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.

Video

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Video

The Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

More in Technology

Just In