Robot to Conduct Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Talk about conductors. This one is filled with 'em.

Honda's child-sized ASIMO robot will conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra when it performs "Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha" during a special performance on May 13.

The concert featuring famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma is part of the DSO's youth music program.

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The bubble-headed ASIMO looks like a child in a white spacesuit. Honda Motor Co. designed it to help people and hopes it someday will assist the elderly and disabled in their homes.

The robot is being used today to encourage and inspire young students to consider studies in math and science.

ASIMO can walk, even jog, wave, avoid obstacles and carry on simple conversations.