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Robot Takes Podium as Orchestra Conductor in Seoul

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Android robot EveR 6 takes the conductor's podium to lead a performance by South Korea's national orchestra in Seoul, South Korea.

Credit: National Theater of Korea/Reuters

An android robot engineered by South Korea's Korea Institute of Industrial Technology recently conducted that country’s national orchestra at Seoul's National Theater of Korea.

The humanoid EveR 6 robot directed three of five highlighted pieces, including one co-led with principal conductor Choi Soo-yeou.

Choi said EveR 6 exceeded his expectations for performing a conductor's detailed movements, although its inability to listen is a "critical weakness."

Audience member Lee Young-ju said although the robot could keep impeccable rhythm, it could not keep the orchestra primed for collective and instant engagement.

Said Choi, "It was a recital that showed that [robots and humans] can co-exist and complement each other, rather than one replacing the other."

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