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    'Can it Dance?' Robot's Debut in UK Parliament Inspires 'Maybot' Jokes Online

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    During a Conservative Party Conference earlier this month, UK Prime Minister Theresa May stormed the stage by performing angular, robot-style moves to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”

    A resident robot at Middlesex University called Pepper gave evidence to a Parliamentary select committee on Tuesday during a special session of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

    READ MORE: Dancing Queen: Twitter Abuzz as Theresa May Rocks Tory Conference Stage to ABBA

    To a round of applause, the cordial high-tech machine with a tablet computer on its chest expressed gratitude to attendees for the invitation, as well as for being able to speak about the role of humans and robots in the fourth industrial revolution.

    “Robots will have an important role to play, but we will always need the soft skills that are unique to humans: to sense, make, and drive value from technology,” Pepper said.

    The robot’s appearance at the Education Сommittee has prompted a new wave of jibes at Theresa May, who’s developed a reputation for her robot-esque dance moves, earning her the nickname, Maybot.

    Some alluded to May’s impressive intro at the Tory conference earlier this month when she bounced onto the stage to ABBA’s song, Dancing Queen:

    Other Twitterians suggested that Pepper would be a better Brexit negotiator than Theresa May:

    Theresa May’s cutting loose on stage seemed to have inspired some of her colleagues from the EU as well: last week, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, showed off similar dance moves.

    The European Commission’s spokesperson, however, later stated that the dance was “not directed at anyone” and was an “improvisation” by Juncker.

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