Dance is associated with the emotional pinnacles of the human experience—love, joy, lust, art, insanity. Watching someone dance, or doing it ourselves, inspires emotions we struggle to access otherwise. This complicated relationship between movement and feeling is part of what makes us human. It makes sense, then, that artists and researchers working with robotics view the creation of a dancing robot as a meaningful tech frontier: How better to prove the skillful yet fundamentally unthreatening potential of humanoids than getting This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 40 A Survey of the Future Five future-focused thinkers on what comes next. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Future Flags Five flags that symbolize a future state of mind. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Sara Seager On the hunt for another world. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 40 Patent Pending New additions to the cosmos of useless contraptions. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Archive: Bodys Isek Kingelez A sculptor’s vision of the city of the future. Arts & Culture Issue 40 The End Games A cultural primer for the end of days.