Inside the Wired World of Georgia Tech’s Robotic Musicians

Maya-Roisin Slater — Nov 22 2016 Gil Weinberg (left) and amputee Jason Barnes experimenting with the Smart Arm. Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech Watching a four-armed robot with soft mallets for hands bobbing its little metal head to a beat improvised based on music it’s just hearing is enough to ensue a pretty grand amount of existential panic. Will human creativity become obsolete in this machine managed future rapidly enveloping us? Will you find yourself on the floor of a classical music conservatory getting beaten to death by the plushy marimba sticks of a sentient robot being? Gil Weinberg, leader of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Robotic Musicianship Group has brighter ideas in mind for the technical advances of tomorrow. Weinberg was a musician first, playing throughout high school before going…

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