Rolling Stones-inspired robot perfectly mimics Mick Jagger’s dance moves


This Robot moves like Jagger.

In honor of the fortieth anniversary of the rock group’s album “Tattoo You,” US robotics company Boston Dynamics determined to show 4 of its internet-famous dancing Spot robots to imitate the band’s moves within the music video for “Start Me Up.”

While the robots’ dance moves are undoubtedly deep within the uncanny valley of disturbing AI-generated robot content material, they’ve persistently gone viral, and for a motive instantly obvious within the new clip: The robots are superb. 

Mick Jagger Spot and his three bandmates — Keith Richards Spot, Ronnie Wood Spot and Charlie Watts Spot — all do a disturbingly convincing rendition of their human-equivalents’ choreography. Of course, they lack faces or flesh, however nonetheless, there are grounds to ask who extra sveltely gyrated their hips, Mick Jagger or his yellow robot canine impersonator. 

The “Spot Me Up” robot-version clip Boston Dynamics posted to its YouTube account with 2.83 million subscribers racked up over 210,000 views inside 24 hours of being posted on Friday. 

“40 years ago, The Rolling Stones debuted their iconic ‘Tattoo You’ album. We’re helping them celebrate,” the video is captioned. The video was made in collaboration with Mercury Studios, Polydor Records & The Rolling Stones, with Boston Dynamics and Monica Thomas behind the robots’ dance moves. 

Mick Jagger and his robot impersonator.
Courtesy of Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics was first based in 1992 as a derivative from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the place it grew to become identified for its dog-like quadrupedal robots. 

“We didn’t want a robot doing robot-like dancing. We wanted it to do human dancing and, you know, when a human dances, the music has a beat and their whole body moves to it — their hands, their body, their head,” Boston Dynamics founder and chairperson Marc Raibert beforehand advised the Associated Press of programming dancing robots.  “And we tried to get all of those things involved and coordinated so that it, you know, it was … it looked like the robot was having fun and really moved with the music. And I think that had a lot to do with the result of the production.”