In time for the New Year, a nightclub in Prague called Karlovy Lazne Music Club debuted a robot disc jockey named DJ Kuka.

The single-arm robot grabs discs and changes songs with a gripper while bobbing along to music amid an extravagant light display.

Fans were a little underwhelmed.

“It can’t feel what the people want to dance to,” one attendee told Reuters. “There is no emotion behind the music. When there is a real person, they know what fun is like.”

Industrial robots from Chinese-owned Kuka AG have become favorites for these stand-in demonstrations, where a robot takes the place of a human to perform a task not typically associated with automation.

A double-amputee danced with a Kuka arm during the 2016 Paralympics. Artist Huang-Yi performed a similar duet with a Kuka in the TED segment above.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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