Do actors have to be human?

Robots seem to be permeating every aspect of our lives, but how far are we from seeing them take to the stage as the actors of tomorrow?

In a study by the University of Oxford, acting and entertaining ranked as low as 210th in a list of 366 jobs at risk of automation.

But as technology and AI rapidly develop, how is this challenging what it means to give a performance?

In this video, we look at our surprisingly long history of creating robotic performers and find out what it is like to act with and direct a robot on stage.

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