CES 2018 – Strippers were probably the last professionals to fear that robots might steel their jobs. But during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the World’s Largest Gentlemen’s Club Sapphire presented provocative pole dancing robots which astonished the audience by flipping smoothly their hips.
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The robot-strippers named #R2DoubleD and #TripleCPU were conceived by artist Giles Walker who aimed to deliver a critical message on our society. Indeed, the high-tech performers’ head is a CCTV camera which should make us reflect on voyeurism and mass control in the digital era.
Real strippers competed with the fully animated electronic twins to catch the attention of the guests. But before you cry “sexism in tech,” you should know that the stripper robots were flown from London as “a bid to attract more women to the strip club”, explained to the DailyBest Sapphire club Managing Partner Peter Feinstein.
“The majority of strip clubs are not appealing to people through CES. We’re offering a different place to go. If you’re six people from a company and there’s two women and four guys, you can come over and still have some fun, see the robots and not feel like you have to be part of a strip club.”
Still, 80% of the guests were men… And #R2DoubleD and #TripleCPU performed with tip buckets at their feet reading Need money for batteries. A disputable tease or a tongue in cheek provocation? There’s plenty enough to reflect… Unless you fancy wires between silicon implants.