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Robots that love punk music . . . my dream come true!

Posted at 12:55 PM on July 11, 2008 by Sanden Totten

Have British scientists been reading my diary again? Because a recent advancement in robotics seems an awful lot like something I've been dreaming about for years . . . Robots that dance to punk music!

The BBC reports that a team of scientists and artists have created three robots that were taught to appreciate music, specifically loud, fast and angry punk music. They did this by teaching the bots to notice patterns in various types of tunes, from country to soul. Professor McOwan, one of the brains behind the experiment, said that when punk music was played, the robots were programmed to pogo dance - a punk dance that looks exactly like you'd imagine.

"The robots can decide whether a song is punk or not within 30 seconds. The more punk it believes the song is, the more it pogos in a "happy and frenzied way", said Professor McOwan."

They rolled out the punk machines for a series of live gigs, you can see the video here. The sad part is, it looks like the robots are the only ones in the crowd, leading me top believe the real reason behind these inventions is to create an appreciative audience for lonely bands.

They better watch out though. They wouldn't want things to turn out like they did for this guy.

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