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posted by takyon on Thursday January 11, @02:19PM   Printer-friendly
from the taking-our-poles dept.

The Sapphire Gentleman's Club has rented an artist's robot strippers to draw some of the attention and press surrounding the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas:

The robots were as advertised: They gyrated on a stripper pole to music from 50 Cent and Pharrell, with dollar bills scattered on the stage and the floor. A half-dozen human dancers, most of whom were dressed in tight, shiny robot costumes, repeatedly took pics in front of their metallic colleagues. (The woman greeting guests as I walked in told me that I missed a skit where the human dancers unveiled the robot dancers to "Star Wars" music, and then joked about them stealing their jobs.)

The robots look nothing like actual humans, thank God. They had CCTV security cameras for faces, and you could see their metal interiors and wires as they moved up and down the pole. (They were, however, wearing high heels.)

And unlike many of the big tech gimmicks you'll hear about this week from CES, the robot pole-dancers aren't courtesy of a massive multi-billion dollar corporation. They're the work of an artist named Giles Walker, a 50-year-old Brit who describes himself as a scrap metal artist with a passion for building animatronic robots. One of his other projects, The Last Supper, features 13 robots interacting around a table.

Walker says he got the idea for pole-dancing robots more than seven years ago, when he noticed the rise of CCTV cameras being used as a way to surveil people in Britain for safety purposes, what he called "mechanical Peeping Toms." He was inspired by the idea of voyeurism, or watching others for pleasure, and decided to try and turn the cameras into something sexy on their own.

Walker goes on to express concerns about the eventual rise of sex robots, and describes himself as a "robot pimp".

Video (1m0s).

Also at CNBC and Vice.

Source: [H]ardOCP: Robot Strippers Return at CES 2018 (Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard)


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  • (Score: 1) by kurenai.tsubasa on Thursday January 11, @02:35PM (8 children)

    by kurenai.tsubasa (5227) on Thursday January 11, @02:35PM (#620935) Journal

    n/t

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @04:02PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @04:02PM (#620952)

    Yeah, look at that exhaust fan!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @06:27PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @06:27PM (#621019)

      Didn't know lithium ion batteries had any byproducts at all :P

      • (Score: 3, Funny) by DannyB on Thursday January 11, @08:24PM

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 11, @08:24PM (#621069)

        Yeah! Shake it baby! Let's see that power supply! Wooooooo! Show us those servo controllers!

  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Thursday January 11, @05:15PM (5 children)

    I expect this is offensive to the women attending CES

    I don't object to strip clubs. I object to men who attend them while at work

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    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday January 11, @05:29PM

      by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Thursday January 11, @05:29PM (#620988) Journal

      I object to men who attend them while at work

      CES closes at 6 PM at the latest. [ces.tech]

      Sapphire Gentleman's Club is open 24/7. And you can get a free Tesla ride there apparently. No problem.

      As for it being offensive to the women attending CES, the Club isn't affiliated with CES. And we should all be offended when bots take our jerbs.

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    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @07:11PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @07:11PM (#621042)

      It makes no sense.

      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday January 11, @08:23PM

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 11, @08:23PM (#621068)

        It makes no cents.

    • (Score: 2) by meustrus on Thursday January 11, @10:47PM (1 child)

      by meustrus (4961) <meustrusNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday January 11, @10:47PM (#621156)

      You "expect"?

      I get that it's an improvement when the bunch of dudes that get to be part of the discussion (i.e. the popular kids in adulthood) take an interest in sexism. But you know who else paid lip service to ending sexism? Harvey Weinstein and the rest of the "creative class" [zcomm.org]. Their advocacy has clearly done a lot to advance the cause</sarcasm>.

      How about we get some actual women to opine on whether they were offended? Otherwise, we risk changing society to fix the sexism you perceive without necessarily doing a single damn thing to fix the sexism anybody actually experiences.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @08:27PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @08:27PM (#621070)

    Finally, this is what feminists have been asking for. Through the employment of these appliances no women get...

    • objectified.
    • looked at with disgusting sexual overtones.
    • exposed to lewd comments.
    • touched on [sexually charged||inappropriate||any] body parts.
    • forced to accept money in exchange for debasing themselves.

    AmIdoingItRait?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @10:09PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @10:09PM (#621134)

      So would you also be ok with these robots made to look like children?

      • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @10:49PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 11, @10:49PM (#621159)

        Kiddie porn is legal in Japan (as long as it's drawn and no actual kids were involved), and their rate of child sexual abuse is much lower than in the US. So why not? Because you like judging other people for their sexual desires?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @02:45PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @02:45PM (#621388)

          Because it normalizes the activity. Humans are funny that way.

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