Humanoid robot <a href="https:\/\/starts-prize.aec.at\/en\/alter\/" target="_blank">Alter 3<\/a>\u00a0stirred up a storm as it guided a symphony of orchestra\u2019s players during the live performance of Japanese composer Keiichiro Shibuya\u2019s opera \u201cScary Beauty\u201d in the Emirate of Sharjah.\r\n\r\nThe robot had a humanoid face, hands, and lower arms with passion as it bounces up and down and rotates.\r\n\r\nTalking about the performance, Shibuya stated: \u201cThis work is a metaphor of the relations between humans and technology. Sometimes the android will get crazy, human orchestras have to follow. But sometimes humans can cooperate very comfortably,\u201d.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_108264" align="aligncenter" width="550"]<img class="wp-image-108264 size-full" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/02\/Humanoid-robot-Alter-3.jpg" alt="Humanoid robot Alter 3" \/> Humanoid robot Alter 3[\/caption]\r\n\r\nShibuya wrote the music, but the android controlled the tempo and volume of the show and even sang at times.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe premise is that the android itself is moving according to its own will,\u201d said its technician Kotobuki Hikaru.\r\n\r\nThe music lyrics were based on literary texts from\u00a0 <a href="https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Beat_Generation" target="_blank">Beat Generation's <\/a>writer\u00a0William Burroughs and French author Michael Houellebecq.\r\n\r\nIt examines the relationship between humans and technology and considers our growing dependence on technological inventions.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe robots and AI that exist now are not at all complete. The focus of my interest... is what happens when this incomplete technology comes together with art,\u201d he added.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_108265" align="aligncenter" width="550"]<img class="wp-image-108265 size-full" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/02\/Humanoid-robot-Alter-3-7.jpg" alt="Humanoid robot Alter 3" \/> Humanoid robot Alter 3[\/caption]\r\n\r\nIt is worth mentioning that Alter 3 was created by Osaka University roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro and University of Tokyo artificial life researcher Takashi Ikegami.\r\n\r\nThe pair had been working for four years on this endeavor that combines their respective fields.\r\n\r\nAn early version of the performance was presented for the first time in 2017 by a prototype android.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_108266" align="aligncenter" width="550"]<img class="wp-image-108266 size-full" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/02\/Humanoid-robot-Alter-3-8.jpg" alt="Humanoid robot Alter 3" \/> Humanoid robot Alter 3[\/caption]\r\n\r\nIn 2018, Alter 2 made its world premiere in Tokyo at a conference on artificial life, which was created by Robot scientist Hiroshi Ishiguro, who teaches at Osaka University and runs on an AI programme by Takashi Ikegami from the University of Tokyo.\r\n\r\nShibuya had collaborated with Warner Music Japan and mixi. Inc to add software developments for Alter 3.