A robot has just made its debut conducting a world class orchestra made up of human musicians.

I don’t know about you but that kind of technology is starting to make me feel very redundant.

YuMi is the world’s first truly collaborative dual-arm robot.

He or should I say made their debut at the opera this month conducting Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa.

The robot is manufactured by Swiss technology pioneer ABB.

He was invited to the stage by Bocelli, who performed the famous aria La Donna è Mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto.

YuMi also conducted works of Puccini and Mascagni during its first night at the opera in front of a sold-out Teatro.

Among the guests was ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, under whose leadership YuMi was developed.

The unique demonstration showed what can happen when advanced robotics meets the arts.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.