Two robot pole dancers are set to debut at a French club.
The robots – which feature CCTV cameras for heads – are set to appear at the SC-Club in Nantes to celebrate its fifth anniversary next week. They have been designed by British artist Giles Walker, who said the robots “play with the notion of voyeurism”, allowing us to ask the question of “who has the power between the voyeur and the observed person?”
However, there is no plan for robots to completely replace the human dancers at the club.
Club owner Laurent Roue told Sky News: “For us, it’s a wink, a homage in a way to robotics.We need something human, warmth, physical contact, and this is really putting together opposites. To each his own.”
A dancer at the club called Lexi added: “They won’t really change our sector. They won’t replace us. We’re not in a vulgar job. It’s an artistic job. It’s something that’s beautiful, and robots won’t change that.”