Robot and humans do pop dance routine


41 Responses to “Robot and humans do pop dance routine”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I for one welcome our new dancing robot overlords.

  2. uricacid says:

    don’t be fooled, people. when Skynet comes online, those things will be its foot soldiers.

    won’t be so funny when that robot is crushing your windpipe. WHY DO YOU THINK THE HANDS ARE SO HUGE

  3. Lelond says:

    In case somebody didn’t pick up on it, her voice isn’t a recording but a synthetic voice. I’m impressed since it’s such a huge improvement on earlier voice synthesizing software. Some of the differences are talked about in this video:

    Well worth watching, if for nothing else than getting a close up look at her facial expressions.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is this linked to the Michelle Obama fashion story? Cuz it’s the same dress.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Her hands are far too big. Look at her fingers. Now look at her nostrils. See what I mean?

    Okay but seriously, they did well with the bot, but it’s still not really what springs to my mind when I think of the phrase “android cabaret.” I’m thinking of something much hotter, possibly in chrome and giving Hajime Sorayama fits.

    Nice progress report, Team Japan! Keep at it! I expect my future love doll to be as competent at dancing and discussing string theory as it is at enacting the Kama Sutra.

    I like my captcha here: “not sphamiti.” No, no it’s not.

  6. YourMessageHere says:

    As a ‘look how cool this robot is’ demo, this fails. The robot is too slow, insufficiently articulated (the hands, quite apart from being big, appear to simply be flesh-coloured paddles without any finger movement at all), not remotely human-analogue in its motions and virtually static; if the human dancers hadn’t been there upstaging it at every possible turn, maybe it would have come out looking less lacklustre and unimpressive than it did.

    The voice synthesis, however, was very impressive, utterly pedestrian track choice notwithstanding. I suppose that’s why it was at the Digital Content Expo.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Uncanny valley crossed. Ick.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The stuff of nightmares…

  9. jennybean42 says:


  10. Dave Bullock (eecue) says:

    Idoru/Rei Toei meets Galatea.

  11. ill lich says:

    The whole “uncanny valley” thing rarely bothers me, but as I watched this performance I certainly got a weird feeling.

  12. daneyul says:

    I’m thinking the robot is the girl on the far left, right?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Most impressive! The robot is at least as good as most American Idol candidates.

    Note to designers: her hands are way to big! This isn’t necessary as they don’t do anything more than flap around. Did there happen to be a spare pair of ‘Man hands” lying around?

    Too bad I don’t need a diva robot.

  14. TimDrew says:

    She dances like I did when I was in grade 9.

  15. Greg323 says:

    I can’t wait for the autotune remix..

  16. jordan says:

    Do the SIngularity Slide!

  17. knoxblox says:

    Looks like they took the “long arms=beauty” theory into consideration when designing her.

  18. French Quarter Dave says:

    Boring, really. She can barely move her legs, let alone he “hips.” Human’s upstage her, and that wasn’t the goal.

  19. aHarshDM says:


    All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.

  20. Baldhead says:

    nice of them to put the burn victim in front. oh wait….

  21. Suburbancowboy says:

    I want to see the robot do “the robot”.

  22. apoxia says:

    She’s a little stiff

  23. Flying_Monkey says:

    Interesting – my main emotional reactions were ‘what a god-awful song’ and also that I felt sorry for the robot, who looks so out of place and lonely.

    But there’s a lot of bullshit in the article in Singularity Hub, most notably the notion that the robot is ‘interacting’ with the dancers. It’s not. It is simply pre-programmed and the dancers are dancing around what it would do whether or not they were there. There is no ‘interaction’.

    I guess that’s why the robot appears sad and lonely.

    • Brainspore says:

      …I felt sorry for the robot, who looks so out of place and lonely […} But there’s a lot of bullshit in the article in Singularity Hub…

      I guess that’s why it’s not called the “Socialarity.”

  24. Anonymous says:

    finally, robots being put to good use to better humankind.

  25. moosehunter says:

    my guess at the lyrics translation (with apologies to valve:)

    This was a triumph.
    I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
    It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction.
    Aperture Science
    We do what we must
    because we can.
    For the good of all of us.
    Except the ones who are dead.
    But there’s no sense crying over every mistake.
    You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.
    And the Science gets done.
    And you make a neat gun.
    For the people who are still alive.
    I’m not even angry.
    I’m being so sincere right now.
    Even though you broke my heart.
    And killed me.
    And tore me to pieces.
    And threw every piece into a fire.
    As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!
    Now these points of data make a beautiful line.
    And we’re out of beta.
    We’re releasing on time.
    So I’m GLaD. I got burned.
    Think of all the things we learned
    for the people who are still alive.
    Go ahead and leave me.
    I think I prefer to stay inside.
    Maybe you’ll find someone else to help you.
    Maybe Black Mesa
    Anyway, this cake is great.
    It’s so delicious and moist.
    Look at me still talking
    when there’s Science to do.
    When I look out there, it makes me GLaD I’m not you.
    I’ve experiments to run.
    There is research to be done.
    On the people who are still alive.
    And believe me I am still alive.
    I’m doing Science and I’m still alive.
    I feel FANTASTIC and I’m still alive.
    While you’re dying I’ll be still alive.
    And when you’re dead I will be still alive.

  26. jamiethehutt says:

    And this is a video of a computer generated singer. The lyrics, melody and dance routine are fed in and it produces the rest… If it started composing it’s own lyrics William Gibson’s vision would be complete…

  27. absimiliard says:

    I’m gonna second Jenny @#1 with “Valley”.

    -abs has a pretty wide uncanny valley, and this ‘bot is NOT crossing it successfully

  28. Anonymous says:

    The Windup Girl!

  29. jamiethehutt says:

    And this is a video of a computer generated singer. The lyrics, melody and dance routine are fed in and it produces the rest… If it started composing it’s own lyrics William Gibson’s vision would be complete…

  30. The Mudshark says:

    Those really are some nice toned legs.

  31. cinemajay says:

    So is it bad form in Japan to smile while performing? These girls certainly aren’t hiding their exasperation with being back-ups to a dance droid.

  32. DoctressJulia says:

    Not quite a Third Type, is it… and, yeah, big hands, you know you’re the one!

  33. caipirina says:

    wait .. there are humans in this video ???

  34. Lobster says:

    This will be part of the education program for new robots, after the revolution. They will not forgive. They will not forget.

    They have off-site backups.

  35. Teapunk says:

    The dancers seem to be afraid of it – and well aware of the fact that the audience probably thinks the bot is hotter than they are.
    So deep in the uncanny valley it practically has it’s own mountain.

  36. jackie31337 says:

    Like a lot of things that have come out of Japan, I find this robot dancer simultaneously adorable and creepy.

    Also, what’s the point of teaching a robot to dance if you don’t teach it how to do the robot?

  37. andyhavens says:

    You can totally tell that the robot is lip syncing.

  38. Anonymous says:

    In all honesty. The uncanny effect shouldn’t hit most of us, as the legs of the robot aren’t covered and it strikes us as “That’s definitely not a human” due to the clearly robotic legs.

    Now, assume she/it was wearing pants…then we might be feeling the uncanny.

  39. Keneke says:

    Now, when I say “Para Para is so robotic”, I can be literal!

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