Robot strippers are finally here
ROBOT strippers are finally here, but we are not sure quite why or who wished for it either.
The exotic dancers have "gatecrashed" the world's leading electronics consumer show CES 2018 in Las Vegas to show that robots really are coming for our jobs, every single one of them.
The gyrating, pole dancing female stripping replicants who provocatively mimic moves made by their human cousins have made their debut this week at Sapphire Las Vegas, which bills itself as the world's largest gentleman's club.
The Consumer Electronics Show is currently being held across Las Vegas.
The robo-dancers are the creation of British artist Giles Walker. He designed the humanoid machines both as an art project and "a protest about surveillance, power and voyeurism".
The robots have heads made from jettisoned surveillance cameras and body parts from mannequins and car spares.
'I wanted to do something sexy with rubbish,' Walker said.
Peter Feinstein, the club's managing director, said he invited Walker's robots to add variety at a venue popular with visitors to the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
"This is our 18th year for the club, and we felt we needed to come up with something new and unique," he said.
"It used to be just nerds. But we wanted something more creative that would appeal to both men and women.
'These robots are interesting because of the technology, and they're a lot of fun. They really are art pieces, originally.'
Earlier this week an enormous television you can piece together like a jigsaw puzzle to cover an entire wall was among the futuristic screen technology revealed in the lead-up to CES.
Samsung's 146-inch TV, aptly named The Wall, was created using new MicroLED technology designed to rival OLED TVs from LG and Sony, and will be launched later this year.
In addition to the unique "modular" television that arrives in "tiles," Samsung will also deliver 8K television screens - twice as sharp as today's top-model TVs - that will upgrade existing TV shows and movies to better resolution using artificial intelligence.
The new 8K screens are expected to arrive in Australia in the second half of the year.
Samsung visual display president Jonghee Han said the company's new flagship Wall screen was a "breakthrough" in television technology and could be customised to fit any lounge room.
"It can transform into any size and delivers incredible brightness, colour gamut, colour volume and black levels," Mr Han said.
"We're excited about this next step along our road map to the future of screen technology, and the remarkable viewing experience it offers to consumers."
Samsung Electronics US senior vice-president Dave Das said The Wall's new MicroLED technology was possible thanks to "micrometer" self-illuminating LED lights that could deliver "brighter whites and darker shades of black" than its competing technology, OLED.
"MicroLED offers the benefits of existing TV technology without any of the trade-offs," he said.
Samsung is due to launch The Wall in the United States and South Korea later this year, though its Australian arrival has yet to be confirmed.