• May 14, 2008
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While our blogging brethren over at Engadget are just relieved that Honda's ASIMO robot didn't attempt a global coup while conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra last night, we're more impressed it didn't fall over and crack its head open. (Seriously Honda, you don't think you're ever going to live that down, do you?) As we reported late last month, Honda's creepy little humanoid robot opened for Yo-Yo Ma in Detroit by conducting the DSO in a rousing rendition of "Impossible Dream". We're not sure what great advances in technology are demonstrated by having a robot conduct an orchestra, however, because we're pretty sure that an actual human conductor is just a glorified metronome. Check out some video of ASIMozart conducting after the break.

UPDATE: Replaced video snippet after jump with professionally edited video from Honda.


[Source: Engadget]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      "Now if only their F1 car could be driven by ASIMO..."

      Then people would just say the car was remote controlled. ASIMO is the best Adult toy ever.

      That bakkake comment roflmfao! Priceless.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oblig:

      Well I, for one, welcome our classically-trained robot conductor overlords.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Thank you, Mr. Data."
      • 6 Years Ago
      "we're pretty sure that an actual human conductor is just a glorified metronome."

      As a car enthusiast who is also a classical music enthusiast, I can assure you that the best conductors are far more than metronomes.

      The greatest orchestral performances are always stamped with the personality of the conductor working with other great musicians.

      For a group who debate the tiniest variance in engine design and interior fit and finish, I'm surprised at Autobog's general dismissal of what great music making is about.

      My I-pod is connected to my Infiniti M45, and I can tell you that I chose the downloaded music very carefully.

      Sorry to be a music snob, but hey, this place is full of car snobs!

      Cheers

      • 6 Years Ago
      Say what you will about Honda, but I love the company, its heritage, its dedication to technology and its relentless investment in many fields from airplanes to cars to engines to robots and more.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you said it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        ITT: Honda fanbois downvote everyone who says something bad about ASIMO or "their" company.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know about you guys, but I really don't care much about it anymore, simply because it has never been autonomous, always controlled by humans in the background. It's basically a remote-controlled humanoid robot.

      Not exactly impressive these days. >_>
      • 6 Years Ago
      I read this post to see if I could find out if there actually was a point to the conductor or if they are just glorified metronomes. It seems however, that the most interesting thing about this post is the dedication of the honda fanbois. Keep on voting, thats sure to change everyones opinion. WTF?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Remember guys, Honda is an ENGINEERING (engine) company first and fore most. It primarily builds engines (propulsion) and then products around those engines. The are the LARGEST engine manufacturer in the WORLD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing has been around for years and the novelty has worn off long ago.

      I'll be impressed when it and Mrs. ASIMO can have baby ASIMOs.
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