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Rise of the Las Vegas stripper robots

January 12, 2018  |   10:43 am

Back in July last year, we talked about the Tipsy Robot. For those perpetually worried about our place in the job market, ‘bartender’ has been added to the list of jobs that our robot overlords have added to their repertoire. We joked about the future of Las Vegas stripper robots, but it turns out that it’s already a thing.

We are living through interesting times.

Sapphire Club imported a pair of strip-bots for a bit of a publicity stunt to attract CES attendees. A sexy tech demo, as it were, and it worked. Journalists, CES show-goers, and the otherwise curious all got to see something out of the ordinary.

The robot girls were limited in talent compared to a real Las Vegas stripper. Part of the problem was their looks: they were very obviously robots, and very obviously incapable of doing much more than what they were built to do. They were intro’d to curious attendees by real strippers, and like us they joked about their jobs being taken by their temporary co-workers. In a way, that served to further highlight the differences.

The question some people are asking, including the creator of these bots, is if there’s a genuine problem in the future of robots and adult entertainment.

A commentary before a money-maker

Giles Walker, the creator of the pole-dancing automatons, originally made them for purely artistic purposes. Britain has an obsession with CCTV cameras, and as of 2015, just under 6 million of these cameras maintained vigilance over all the UK.

Giles made the mechanical pole-dancers because of those cameras. He calls them “mechanical Peeping Toms”, and it is those CCTV cameras that make up the heads of his bots. It’s a play on the concept of voyeurism, the cameras that watch over us now being the object of our attention.

Just now next to a real Las Vegas stripper.

The end of the Las Vegas stripper, the rise of cold mechanical curves?

Not just yet.

CES attendees had some harsh critique of the robots. Namely, the lack of skill they had on display. Compared to robots that can now help with surgery, a simple sway of the cyber-hips while hanging awkwardly from the pole isn’t enticing beyond spectacle itself. And we’re already dangerously close to proper bionic commandos, with robotic limbs that can replace a real set of arms and legs.

Perhaps someday, we might see robots that are scary-realistic. Robots that can move like the real thing, flawlessly, tending to customers every night without a hint of tiredness. If we ever had a need of precisely timed lap dances, and performers who could toss out unsavory characters by themselves, a robot stripper could fit the bill.

We still think that the real deal will be what people want to see, even in that shining future. The proof of that is every night here at the Palomino Club. There are some things real women can do that no machine will be able to match.