Giant humanoid robot conducts human orchestra in mildly disturbing footage

25 February 2020, 14:47 | Updated: 26 February 2020, 08:56

Humanoid robot conducts human orchestra
Humanoid robot conducts human orchestra. Picture: Reuters

By Helena Asprou

An humanoid robot just conducted a real-life human orchestra in Japan, and now we might need to sleep with the light on...

A robot has been filmed conducting a human orchestra, raising the question: can robots really replace conductors?

In the video (watch below), we see the humanoid figure conducting and singing with a human orchestra with frightening precision.

Swinging around on a pedestal, the ‘Android Alter 3’ robot waves its arms around and gestures to rows of seated musicians, just like a real living maestro.

Rather fittingly, the name of the opera it is conducting is Scary Beauty, written by Japanese composer Keiichiro Shibuya. While Shibuya wrote the music, Alter 3 controls the volume and tempo of the music.

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