Asimo Robot conducting live orchestra

May 18, 2008 – 7:15 pm

asimo iconOne step closer to world domination, Honda’s famous Asimo robot conducted Detroit Symphony as it performed The Impossible Dream.

After replacing car assembly line workers, the robot revolution forays into the world of music and takes control of the Detroit Symphony.

ASIMO, Honda’s prototype robot which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, gained notoriaty in one of its debut videos by taking a tumble during a demonstration, recently demonstrated its skills as a orchestra conductor with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.


asimo conduct

Although it conducted the entire orchestra successfully, his movements were mimicking a recording of a video of a human conductor, Detroit Symphony’s education director Charles Burke. So, the nuances of conducting a orchestra which includes taking cues from the audience and each orchestra instrument and player was not accommodated by this advanced robot.

As advanced and impressive robotics has progressed in our generation (heck! we sent a robot to mars!) , the leap to abstract reasoning and artistic actualization has not even been scratched upon with robotic programming.

So, if your job can be replaced by a script or simple program, be afraid, but if your job requires abstract thought and reasoning or is in the arts, you have some time.


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