Watch Out Justin and Miley, the latest sensation is a robot pop star.
So here she is – the HRP-4C sings and dances in sync with live, human background performers.
She really works the crowd with those over-sized robot hands. At first I though the man-hands were creepy. But as the show progressed I found them almost hypnotic, which is well…kinda creepy. (Grin)
Hey, I wonder if she can to the robot? (Sorry, it had to be said!)
I’m not sure if this is a major advancement in artificial intelligence technology or because today’s pop stars are so robotic and predictable they can be programmed in to a machine. You gotta admit, today’s pop music follows a formula designed to make money and not necessary good music. No defense to the fans of today’s teen idols. In my day we had pop stars with real talent, like the Partridge Family. Okay, maybe that’s not the best example since it turns out SOME of those kids were lip syncing. SHOCK! And come to think of it, Tracy (the youngest) did seem a like a little girl fembot reject from the Bionic Woman.
The divabot, as she’s being called, is being developed at Japan’s Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. She uses special software to precisely mimic a human singer’s head movements and facial features and synthesizes notes with Yamaha’s Vocaloid software.
Could robots replace pop icons? And what happens when these bots go “Lindsay Lohan” and get hooked on drugs. It’s a given that robots are stronger than humans, so a cocaine crazed didvabot could make the terminator seem like a kindergarten teacher. Scary!
It does create a whole new genre of Halloween costumes – Pop star robots gone bad. The possibilities are endless!