2017 was the year when Robots and AI got their fairest share of publicity, it’s like researchers and innovators directed all their efforts to empower machine learning. From the medical field to journalism, eye-catching stories revolved around how AI and robots will improve the lives of humanity in terms of efficiency, accuracy in performing surgical operations and so on. Now, as reported by Reuters: a club in Prague by the name Karlovy Lazne is employing a KUKA arm robot as their newest DJ.
See, the world of DJ’s is really demanding -how they need to get on the entailment knob throughout the night and endure the fatigue – perhaps the new “partner” (the KUKA Arm Robot DJ at a Prague Nightclub will relief them. Now, in operation for the past 2 weeks, the robot uses a software to select songs, and pick CDs from a rack, then inserts them into CDJs, then hit the play button.
With its smart dance moves, the robot is set to work in alternation with a human DJ, meaning it’s not operational fulltime. The robot was made for DJing, and it’s a variation of a KUKA arm which was used in the car industry to manufacture vehicles. Its rigged with a special software that enables it to do all the grabbing of CDs, and perform some interesting moves before placing it on a choice deck among the two CDJs in front of it.
However, it’s not clear if the robot is able to read the mood the partygoers and change with their feelings. Ideally, that may only be possible if the machine is AI-powered, but still, previous reports showed that even artificial intelligent machines are yet to learn human emotions. As in, while AI is taking the world in a storm, maybe 2018 will be the year when robots will be trained to fully interact with humans, emotionally and so forth.
There is also another question that tech aficionados would want to know which is, does the robot interact with the music itself, bearing the fact that it seems to make accurate moves that seem to coincide with the tempo bits?
What People Think
What forks think is that the robot may be a mare work of programming, meaning what it does has been pre-set, including the exact distance from whence it picks the disks. That can be justifiable if the machine is unable to action the complex tasks such as adjusting the speed of the song, accurately determining and fine-tuning to the correct volume, or managing the actual transition between certain songs with differing bits.
Is this the very fast time a KUKA arm is mentioned for musical purposes?
Not really, there is a video on YouTube that shows an earlier version of KUKA –attempting DJ moves with vinyl -in a school project. There also other instances where the arm was seen choosing rotating records and creating ghostly scratch sounds, we can say these were among the first trials of the tech.
While a robot DJ may seem interesting to the tech-minded, some fans don’t seem to welcome the machine at all citing that it lacks human feelings.