We never knew that technological advancement could be so advanced that a conductor on the podium has no baton, no tailcoat, and no musical score, but Android Alter 3 is kicking up a storm as it guides a symphony orchestra’s players through their paces.
The robot has a humanoid face, hands and lower arms, which gesticulate with what could pass for passion as it bounces up and down and rotates during the live performance of Keiichiro Shibuya’s opera “Scary Beauty” in the Emirate of Sharjah.
For Shibuya, a composer from Japan, the role of robots in our every day lives may well be increasing, but it is up to us to decide how artificial intelligence might add to the human experience, and humans and androids create art together, Reuters reported.
Shibuya wrote the music, but the android controls the tempo and volume of the live show, and even sings at times.
According to Reuters, the work’s lyrics are based on literary texts from American “Beat Generation” writer William Burroughs and French author Michael Houellebecq. A second audience member, who gave his name only as Billum, said after the show: “You know, a human conductor is so much better.”
Although he is interested in AI and anticipates big breakthroughs, he concluded on the project: “the human touch is lost.”