The machines Created by a collaboration of artists and scientists, have been designed to fall in love with punk. The robot has learned to recognise and appreciate the patterns of sound in punk music(within 30 seconds) and take pride of place in the mosh pit at festival Neurotic. The more punk it believes the song is, the more it pogos in a "happy and frenzied way
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Punk-loving robots pogo for science
The machines, which have been created by a collaboration of artists and scientists, have been designed to fall in love with punk music and show their appreciation through dance.
Professor McOwan, from Queen Mary University, and one of the creators of the robots, said they were built because of his fascination with human-computer interaction.
The robots use neural networks, a collection of computer processors that function in a similar way to a simple animal brain.
The robot punks take pride of place in the mosh pit at a series of gigs called Neurotic.
Standing 2m tall, padded and dressed in leather, they are no ordinary concert goers. Neural networks are popular in the field of artificial intelligence because of their ability to recognise patterns from the sensory input of external sources, much like a human brain. The robot brain, for want of a better word, was played lots of punk, reggae, disco and classical and over a period of time the robot has learned to recognise and appreciate the patterns of sound in punk music. The neural network understands the music in a similar way to a human brain, breaking down the sound into a series of frequency bands.
The robots can decide whether a song is punk or not within 30 seconds. It depends on the form at the beginning of the song. It flicks between thinking a song is punk and not punk at the start and then becomes convinced.
The robot reacts to the level of "punk" in the song. The more punk it believes the song is, the more it pogos in a "happy and frenzied way.