Last Week, Damon Albarn performed at Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation to a crowd of 50, which included two robots: the ‘life-like’ female Otonaroid® and the ‘more abstract’ Telenoid®.
According to The Creators Project, Otonaroid® “moved her body in time with Albarn’s performance. She hummed along to the lyrics, and her expressions seemed to change when the melody would take a sad turn or during up-tempo parts of the songs.”
Albarn commented, “It was interesting performing alongside the androids. While they definitely look artificial up close, when seen at a distance they look like normal people. They’re fake, but they’re also real. I mean, they’re definitely there. But, I don’t think the fact that robots are completely alien will ever change. So in that sense technology is perhaps a bit melancholic.”