The Japanese fascination for all things robotic has been a boon to all mankind in many ways.
Japanese researchers have developed robots that can do just about everything under the sun, including household chores, teaching our children, changing channels on the television and making the lives of the elderly and handicapped more comfortable.
Robots can also be simply whimsical, serving no purpose of all, save the fancy of the creator.
But now robots have branched out into the world of performing arts.
Toyota has introduced a new line of robots in Aichi, the site of its car factory. The “DJ” and the “Partner” Robots double as both hospital and home helpers when they are not performing for their adoring public.
They play popular jazz songs from various eras, including Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade, Edgar Simpson’s Stompin’ at the Savoy and Billy Strayhorn’s Take the ‘A’ Train.
An amazing achievement, to say the very least.
A robotic symphony by its very nature raises at least one important question. What about the emotions behind the music? Isn’t that what distinguishes musical interpretation?
Apart from dexterity and finesse, is it not the soul creating the music that renders whatever magnetism and power it generates? How can robots made of metal possibly duplicate that?
The answer, my friends, may or may not be blowing in the wind.
In the meantime, enjoy the video below depicting these amazing musical bots at work.