Robot Conductor Makes Debut With Bocelli

Well, I’ve certainly heard worse. A two-armed collaborative humanoid robot named YuMi made its debut at a charity concert at the historic Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy, last week before a crowd of 800, according to ABB, the Swiss firm that designed the machine. YuMi — whose name is derived from the phrase “you and me” — led the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra as the instrumentalists performed with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and soprano Maria Luigia Borsi, who sang the classic aria “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.”

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