Yo-Yo, Robot

After Yo-Yo Ma leaves Rochester next week, he’ll play under the baton of a robot with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, according to Wired magazine.

A robot might have done a better job than guest conductor Alexander Mickelthwate, who made his first appearance with the RPO this past weekend. The D & C’s Stuart Low got it right: the hot, young conductor from Winnipeg was boring. Unnamed sources say local musicians concurred.

And Justin Davidson's review of Philip Glass’s opera "Satyagraha" at the Met made me laugh out loud. He writes,

“Glass forms such great expanses of minimal topography that each scenic stroke is exciting in the way that spotting a gas station in Nebraska is exciting.”

Maybe Asimo could liven things up.



Our new robot masters?

In seeing this I was reminded of this item from the Onion: Are We Giving The Robots That Run Our Society Too Much Power?

Today: Maestro Asimo.
Tomorrow: Emperor Asimo?

The Onion cast is scary

and I keep thinking of the Terminator.

"They look human - sweat, bad breath, everything. Very hard to spot."