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On a recent evening in Las Vegas during the CES technology show, robot strippers offered a window into technology's gender fault lines – not to mention our robot future. From a distance, the mechanical humanoids on a strip-club stage looked something like real dancers in robot drag. On one level, this was a classic Vegas stunt, a cheap way for the club to cash in on the presence of the world's largest tech convention.The robots served a racy but utilitarian function by drawing gawkers to the club, much the way provocatively clad "booth babes" lure CES visitors to wares on the convention floor.The conference took pains to note that it has no affiliation with the strip club nor its temporary robot workers.CES participants didn't have to visit the club to come across the robots; images were prevalent on social media searches for CES-related posts.The robots are the work of artist Giles Walker, who made them seven years ago after he found two surveillance cameras on a warehouse floor.Walker acknowledged that bringing the robots to the strip club for an undisclosed fee has led the project astray from his initial vision.
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