A humanoid robot, named EveR 6, has conducted South Korea’s national orchestra for the first time in the country’s history.
The robot was joined by human conductor Choi Soo-yeoul, who led the performance with the robot at the National Theater of Korea.
The robot introduced itself with a bow, before beginning its role. It guided three of five pieces in front of a live audience.
“Movements by a conductor are very detailed,” said conductor Choi Soo-yeoul. “The robot was able to present such detailed moves much better than I had imagined.”
However, Choi pointed out that the robot’s main weakness was its inability to listen, meaning he and other musicians has to make a more concerted effort to feel connected to the machine.
For the performance, the rest of the orchestra was playing traditional Korean instruments.
EveR 6 was built by roboticists from the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.
The robot’s developer explained that the team employed generative artificial intelligence (AI) to gather data from human motion in order to simulate these behaviours in EveR 6.