Ballet-Dancing Robot: Highbrow, Despicable — and a Harbinger of the Apocalypse!

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When last we checked in on the devious, fast-evolving automatons threatening to hijack our national arts programs (and, eventually, enslave whichever parts of humanity aren't annihilated during the rapidly approaching robot apocalypse), Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO had been hired to conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Now, England's Merlin Robotics, in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University and the Edinburgh College of Art, have invented a horrifying robot-snake and taught it formalized dance (seen here, mid-tours en l'air behind Kerry Bircett of the English National Ballet), meaning that the intelligent machines' takeover of high culture is but one museum directorship away. At this point, all we can do is pray that they do not learn how to make fart jokes.

Dance, Robot Snake Girl, Dance! [io9]

Earlier: Robot-Apocalypse Watch: Robot to Conduct Detroit Symphony Orchestra