The Rolling Stones-inspired robot perfectly mimics Mick Jagger’s dance moves

Rolling Stones first striker by a robot.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the rock band’s album “Tattoo You,” American robotics company Boston Dynamics has decided to teach four of its popular online dancing robots to mimic the band’s movements in the music video for the song “Start Me Up.”

While the bots’ dance moves are undoubtedly deep in the uncanny valley of AI-generated bot content, they’ve sprung up constantly, and for good reason again right away in the new trailer: bots are so good.

Mick Jagger Spot and his three colleagues — Keith Richards Spot, Ronnie Wood Spot, and Charlie Watts Spot — make a disturbingly compelling display of choreography that is their human equivalent. Of course, they lack faces or flesh, but nevertheless, there are reasons to wonder who was more accurate at moving their hips, Mick Jagger or imitating his yellow robot dog.

“spot me” Android version clip Boston Dynamics posted over 210,000 views to its YouTube account of 2.83 million subscribers within 24 hours of being posted on Friday.

“40 years ago, The Rolling Stones released their popular album ‘Tattoo You’. We’re helping them celebrate,” a caption posted on the video. The video was filmed in collaboration with Mercury Studios, Polydor Records, and The Rolling Stones, with Boston Dynamics and Monica Thomas behind the robots’ dance moves.

Rolling Stones Boston Dynamics Robot
Mick Jagger and his imitation robot.
Courtesy of Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics was first established in 1992 as an offshoot of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where it became famous for its four-legged, dog-like robots.

“We didn’t want a robot doing a robot-like dance. We wanted you to do a human dance, and you know, when a human dances, the music has a rhythm and their entire body—their hands, their bodies, their heads—moves,” Boston Dynamics founder and president Marc Raibert previously told The Associated Press of Programming Dancing Robots. “And we tried to involve and coordinate all of these things so that it was like, you know, … it just seemed like the robot was really having fun and moving along with the music. And I think that had a lot to do with the outcome of the production.”


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