If you needed any confirmation that the world is a very, very weird place, look no further than the latest advancements in technology. From the Hushme, a device which you place over your mouth to muffle your voice during private conversations, to the hair-growth helmet, modern innovation is a breeding ground for the weird and wonderful.
Something that sits firmly in the ‘weird’ category is robot strippers. That’s right. Robots who pole dance. This is what years of intricate computer science has led to…
After all, with robots now driving cars, working in warehouses and writing articles, it was only a matter of time before the metallic machines became more niche. When you combine this with the rise in popularity of sex robots, who can say they’re surprised that real women are being replaced by silicon strippers in gentlemen’s clubs?
In a contrast to all the apocalyptic robot movies that you’ve watched, the world isn’t about to be taken over by these ‘sexy’ animatronics, for there are currently only two computer crafted pole dancers who have been granted a permanent residency – in Las Vegas, naturally.
Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, billed as the largest nightclub in the world, is welcoming the controversial contraptions through their red velvet curtains and onto their exclusive stage, where celebrities such as 50 Cent, Rihanna, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Avril Lavigne have been entertained.
Curious? Watch them, literally, send sparks flying:
The programmed robots were flown to the club from London just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show, which is essentially a giant convention for tech enthusiasts. But, rather than use the robot strippers as bait for the many men who will no doubt be in attendance, Sapphire’s Managing Partner, Peter Feinstein said that they hope the peculiar pole dancers will attract more women.
“We’re appealing to a mass audience who looks on the internet, which we don’t normally do just as a gentlemen’s club,” he told The Daily Beast. “If you’re six people from a company and there’s two women and four guys, you can still [come] here and have some fun and see the robots and not feel like you have to be part of a strip club.”
On each podium is a tip bucket marked with witty notes, such as “MIT bound” and “Need money for batteries”, to encourage guests to donate some bills to the grinding “girls” who, instead of a face, have a CCTV camera – Big Brother is watching you!
However, the robots weren’t very popular with guests who preferred the real deal. “I just think the robots have awkward movement, no one really moves like that,” one patron at Sapphire’s told The Daily Beast. “They need pole-dancing classes.”
“I was hoping for a bit more up and down action than just the hip and grind,” said another disappointed customer. Meanwhile, another visitor cryptically declared that he’d “seen robots do much more complicated things than these ones are doing now,” before adding: “So I’m a little underwhelmed.”
The robot strippers were only available at Sapphire’s for one week, but they could become a regular feature on a night out. Maybe they will juggle a stint on the pole with another day job? The possibilities are endless for robots as they begin to navigate our world!
What do you think? Would you go and watch a silicon stripper in action?