The Rise of Robo Sapiens

January 26, 2011

There are a few sessions at this year’s World Economic Forum that discuss the future but the fully-subscribed session on “The Rise of Robo Sapiens” on Saturday gives a glimpse on how artificial intelligence is reshaping our lives.

Panelist of that session, Gil Weinberg, professor of music technology at Georgia Institute of Technology, is here to present his project on “Shimon” – a $100,000 robot that “listens like human being but improvises like a machine”.

“The robot can play classical or jazz or whatever. It will push music forward”, Weinberg told Reuters.

Why is a robotic musician relevant to the world’s CEOs and politicians attending Davos?

“We have more machines and new technologies and it’s important humans and machines both interact,” he says.

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