A robotic DJ arm is spinning the decks at a Prague night club
A robotic DJ arm is the latest ‘DJ’ on the bill of a night club in Prague.
The future of the futuristic, electronic music scene has entered the clubbing arena.
AI and robot technology has become a staple in today’s culture, infiltrating every crevice of life we know today- but can it make us move?
A club in Prague, Czech Republic is tackling this question as they introduce a robotic DJ arm that is set to perform tasks conducted by human DJs.
Karlovy Lazne Music Club has specially adapted a former automotive industry robot Kuka with software allowing it to choose songs, select CDs from a rack, insert them into CDJs, and then play the songs among other tricks.
The robot (DJ name unknown) (I vote for RoboDrop), is shaped like a giant arm laced with a pincer and shares deck duties with its human programmer.
“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 Reuters.
Well some clubbers are excited by the prospect of robots taking over the DJ scene, others aren’t really feeling it.
“I don’t like the robot,” said Marcia Lopes, 24, a tourist from Mexico. “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.”
For me there’s something so special about watching a DJ play and hearing what they love and how they construct a fluid set taking you on a journey to different dimensions of sonic bliss and I can’t picture that being replaced by an inanimate object that rarely makes mistakes.
This robotic DJ arm needs a soul to really make us move.