Most comedians will admit that facing hecklers and being on the road night after night requires a machine-like fortitude to remain sane. That should be no problem for RoboJase, an artificially intelligent android who recently performed at a comedy club in England.
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Modeled after Jason Bradbury (above, right), host of The Gadget Show, the robot uses a synthesizer to replicate his voice. Although the jokes are pre-recorded, RoboJase is equipped with facial recognition that reads the audience's reaction to decide what material to use.
Bradbury said RoboJase originated when North One TV, makers of The Gadget Show, asked the on air talent to replace themselves with artificial intelligence. "Since then, RoboJase has developed from a talking head to a life-size fully functioning robot," he told the Guardian. "Naturally I'd like to keep my job, so we thought we'd test him out on the comedy circuit instead."
RoboJase shared a bill at the Glee Club in Birmingham with professional comedians Michael Legge, Rob Deering and Lee Ridley, who uses an iPad when performing since his cerebral palsy prevents him from speaking.