Rapping robots!

Okay, it’s just a bit of fun. But it is entertaining and you learn a bit, too. We’re talking a rapping robots video.

It’s “Robot’s Delight – A Lyrical Exposition on Learning by Imitation from Human-Human Interaction“, to give it its full title! And it won Best Video at the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI 2017).

Check it out:

To give full credits, the creators of the video are listed on YouTube as Dylan F. Glas (lyrics and music production), Malcolm Doering (camerawork and video editing), Phoebe Liu (machine learning and robot control software), Takayuki Kanda, Hiroshi Ishiguro.

For the full academic efforts behind this, see also “Data-Driven HRI: Learning Social Behaviors by Example from Human-Human Interaction”, (Phoebe Liu, Dylan F. Glas, Takayuki Kanda, and Hiroshi Ishiguro) in IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 988-1008, 2016.

Rapper’s Delight

The tune is Rapper’s Delight, originally from The Sugarhill Gang back in 1979. It’s actually ranked number 251 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, Wikipedia tells me.

All together now (including you at the back):

The hip, hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it out
Bubba to the bang bang boogie, boobie to the boogie
To the rhythm of the boogie the beat…

[Via Technabob.com]

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