Reply Wed 26 Nov, 2008 01:15 pm
live stage performer will soon join the unemplyoed .
japan's latest "invention" : the performing robot !
the "performer" can probably be shipped in a box from one theater to another .
will a robot being booed for a lousy performance pay attention ?
perhaps the next thing we'll have are robots that will attend the performances of other robots - APPLAUSE !


First there were dancing robots, then house-sitting robots and now a new breed of acting robots is making its big debut on the Japanese stage.

The play, which had its premiere at Osaka University, is one of Japan's first robot-human theatre productions.

The machines were specially programmed to speak lines with human actors and move around the stage with them.

Playwright Oriza Hirata says the work raises questions about the relationship between humanity and technology.

The play, called Hataraku Watashi (I, Worker), is set in the near future.

It focuses on a young couple who own two housekeeping robots, one of which loses its motivation to work.

In the play, the robot complains that it has been forced into boring and demeaning jobs and enters into a discussion with the humans about its role in their lives.

that's what we need : a complaining robot !
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Reply Thu 27 Nov, 2008 10:44 pm
Laughing A robotic performer sounds as daft as Japanese cartoons replacing the old Warner Brothers stuff. They can't make cartoons for nothing!
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