Robot DJ Commands Crowds at Prague Dance Club
There ain’t no party like a robot DJ party, cause a robot DJ party don’t stop—until the cyborg runs out of power.
Prague’s Karlovy Lazne dance club recently introduced a new spinner to its regular lineup.
The themed discoteque last month hired a former automotive industry robot—described by Reuters as “a giant arm capped with a pincer”—to put the tech in techno.
Adapted for use as a sound mixer, the artificial intelligence-based bot shares deck duties with its human programmer, each performing in hourly rotations.
The bionic disc jockey, mounted on a stage above the dance floor, is driven by special software that helps choose songs. To make a selection, the mechanical arm rotates to nearby racks, grips its selected records, and drops the discs onto one of three turntables in front of it.
“It can scratch records and also dances,” Reuters reported.
“People are excited [about the robot], because they haven’t seen anything like this around Europe, and I am not sure if there is something similar in the world,” club manager Adam Lipsansky told the news outlet.
As is often the case with the greatest innovations of all time, the automated DJ was created when some Karlovy Lazne execs challenged a robotics firm to complete the task.
Details are scant: There is no word on who its programmer is, which company made the device, how much it cost, or even if it has a name (I suggest DJ Droid).
Some clubbers claim to enjoy the computerized jams; after all, how different is a cyborg arm spinning discs from the algorithms that power streaming radio services like Pandora and Spotify?
Others, however, are unconvinced.
“I don’t like the robot,” 24-year-old Marcia Lopes, a tourist from Mexico, told Reuters. “It can’t feel what the people want to dance to. There is no emotion behind the music. When there is a real person, they know, what fun is like.”
Karlovy Lazne did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.
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