Musician John Woods-Wahl says robots aren’t replacing humans, but that he thinks of them as instruments that can make sounds humans can’t. Tyler Yamin has been working on a robot to play in a Gamelan, an Indonesian musical ensemble that includes gongs, flutes and metal drums.

“Normally, one person would play two or three pots at a time with two sticks,” he says. “But instead of having a robot with two arms, I’m going to have a robot with seven arms.”

Well fine. But when will someone find a reed-making robot? Huh?

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  1. My favorite quote in the article:

    “It’s sort of like having a robot have sex for you so you don’t have to.”

  2. Yeah, I would have put that one up, but I was thinking “family friendly”. 😎

  3. Oops, guess I just spoiled that. Mea culpa.

  4. I wasn’t really worried about it if someone ELSE put it up here! I just didn’t want to irk any of “my” parents! 🙂

    (Besides, I’m not sure how many read these posts individually. If they read them on the main page they don’t even see the comments!)

    See you soon, yes? I need to drop by a store to pick up some Mahler energy.

  5. Well, after all, if there was no sex there would be no families! Right?

    I’ll settle for any kind of garden variety energy at this point, doesn’t even have to be Mahler.

  6. OH … is THAT how it happens, dk? Geez, who’da thunk it! I just figured my kiddos somehow magically happened. 😉

    And yeah, any energy WOULD be good. I agree. But I gotta get me some Mahler energy for this week at least.