YuMi the Robot Conducts Tenor Andrea Bocelli

In a program titled “A breath of hope: from the Stradivarius to the robot,” YuMi the dual-armed robot made its debut as a conductor. Through the compositions of Verdi, YuMi directed none other than world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli in singing “La Donna è Mobile,” the aria from “Rigoletto” as well as many other performers. YuMi is the invention of ABB—and he was built as a collaborative, or self-learning, robot. With conducting an orchestra being considered one of the highest forms of art, YuMi’s success reflects a true feat of engineering wherein a machine adopted subtle human gestures and applied them to the music accordingly. Learn more about YuMi’s development over at ABB’s website.