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Can A Robot Dance Like Mick Jagger?

Dance Like Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger at SoFi Stadium

I saw the Rolling Stones almost two weeks ago and Mick Jagger’s energy was beyond impressive. At 78, he can still dance, run (quite fast), kneel and jump for almost 2 hours non-stop: for this reason, he is truly a freak of nature. How does he do it? At an age when people sit down in front of their TV sets every night, he still performs like he did decades ago and his joints, hips, and arm wheels are not showing any sign of aging. However, I cannot imagine him continuing like this for another decade. But who knows?

Who is going to replace Mick Jagger and his unique moves? Could it be a robot? Can a robot dance like Mick Jagger? In the video below (you have to watch it on YouTube), there is the perfect demonstration this is possible: US robotics company Boston Dynamics has programmed one of their robots to dance like him while three other ones are mimicking Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts to perfection.

They took the famous video for “Start Me Up,” the song from the Stones’ iconic “Tattoo You” album that is celebrating its 40th anniversary and made the robots follow every step, and every move of the famous four rock & rollers. The result of this AI-generated clip is “Spot Me Up” and despite their non-anthropomorphic body shape – they are rather a cross between a dog and a long-neck dinosaur – the dancing moves are almost disturbing and so smooth that it is difficult to believe they are created by machines and not the result of some CGI animation.

“We didn’t want a robot doing robot-like dancing. We wanted it to do human dancing and, you know, when a human being dances, the music has a beat and their whole body moves to it — their hands, their body, their head,” Boston Dynamics founder and chairperson Marc Raibert told the Associated Press. “And we tried to get all of those things involved and coordinated so that it, you know, it was … it looked like the robot was having fun and really moved with the music. And I think that had a lot to do with the result of the production.” These robots are indeed very good, and they just lack faces and synthetic flesh. 

So imagine the same thing with robots that look like Jagger, Richards, Ronnie, and Watts, imagine what we will be able to do in a few years. We have already built humanoid robots that have uncanny human appearance and expressions, and this makes me think that a West World universe is not too far away, just watch this interview of Sophia the robot!

Now imagine this level of facial expressivity and AI intelligence combined with the realistic and smooth moves of the robots built by US robotics company Boston Dynamics… a robot will be able to dance like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones (and anybody else) will never die.

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