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Punk rock robots

As featured on BBC News, a computational neuroscientist has designed robots that will dance only to punk music. The tricky part for the punked out machines is determining what exactly is punk music. Concerts were held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London from 3-5 July where different bands performed, and the robots had to figure out which bands rocked! Judging by the video included in the article, these robots mosh well and appropriately.

I like this scientist’s style! Although frankly I’m guessing punk music was chosen because it had the most distinct, obvious rhythm. A secondary test was also to see if humans attending the concerts were encouraged to rock out harder when the robots “moshed” (i.e. moved up and down on a column).



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.