Robots of today are often seen as machines being employed in industries. A lot of people are also wary of them taking over human jobs. It’s just not certain how these people will react once they learn that robots will soon debut as dancers in a nightclub.
In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the SC-Club in Nantes, France will unveil two unusual pole dancers, as they happen to be robots. These automatons will have security cameras for faces. People will also see their metal interiors and wires as they move up and down the poles.
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Sky News, a British media and telecommunications conglomerate that delivers breaking news, headlines, and top stories, reported that club owner Laurent Roue will not be replacing its 10 human dancers despite the rise of robot workforces. Instead, their new members are just his way of honoring the technology. "For us, it's a wink, an homage in a way to robotics. We need something human, warmth, physical contact, and this is really putting together opposites," Roue said.
The SC-Club is the first of its kind in the world to have robot pole dancers that will be performing there for a month. Lexi, a popular human dancer at the club, stated that the robots will not replace them nor change the sector. "We're not in a vulgar job. It's an artistic job. It's something that's beautiful, and robots won't change that," she added.
Although this is a first in the nightclub, robot pole dancers were introduced a year ago by British artist Giles Walker. Walker invented the robots to pose the question of "who has the power between the voyeur and the observed person," aiming to "play with the notion of voyeurism." According to an article by Vox, an American news and opinion website, the artist thought of this idea more than seven years ago.
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During that time, Walker noticed the rising popularity of CCTV cameras being used as a means to keep people under surveillance for safety purposes. He was inspired by the idea of watching others for pleasure or voyeurism. Thus, he decided to turn the cameras into something sexy on their own.