Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro – Robot Science Made in Japan (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting:

Japan Society Lecture - February 5, 2013 http://www.japansociety.org/ 2:00 - Understanding humans through robots 3:30 - Robots providing practical services 7:00 - How much human likeness do robots need 8:10 - Subconscious 10:30 - Reactions 14:30 - Androids in store windows 18:47 - Is it possible to develop androids that talk like humans? 19:59 - Operator feeling sensations 24:58 - Android in social setting 32:46 - Beauty and perfection of androids 41:20 - Can people find love or friendship in robots? 52:10 - Uncanny valley 55:45 - Gender neutral robots How to Create Your Own Humanoid: Robot Science Made in Japan Have you ever made your own android? Dr. Ishiguro has. Leading international robotics researcher Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Lab at Osaka University, lectures on his current humanoid and telenoid research. He covers hot topics such as brain-machine interface for the remote operation of androids, and other practical uses for humanoids, like theater. Erico Guizzo, Senior Associate Editor, IEEE Spectrum Magazine, presides over a conversation with Heather Knight, founder of Marilyn Monrobot. For information on upcoming programs and events at Japan Society: http://www.japansociety.org/
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4 thoughts on “Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro – Robot Science Made in Japan (Video)

  1. The professor is saying, “Robot becomes a test bed for understanding humans.”

    Which means, basically, humanity is far too complicated so we must simplify by focussing upon robots.

    That is so typically technocratic. What about consciousness? Love? Pain? Beliefs? Ethics? Humanity is more than neuroscience and cognitive science. Being human “like” and “being” human are vastly different. Robot developers must collaborate on a level playing field with humanities, arts, biologists, as something termed ‘soft robotics’. Robots must be informed by superior humans.

    The conversation is interesting. The robot sitting off to the left is just weird; yet the Japanese professor considers it normal and that age impacts on view of robots.

    I think this professor has become too close to his research and seems to not accept he has bias in his perceptions of what ‘robot’ means. He also simplifies the human race; e.g. the elderlies don’t like this robot. What! All elderlies? In a Japanese care hospital? Define.

    Th professor’s body language when he is not speaking is quite telling… in a way that only humans can interpret. The woman is studying this theme so the professor could become her human ‘robot of study’.


    1. Michael – Great observations. Thank you very much for contributing to the conversation.

      I agree with a lot of your comments, and I think that Prof. Ishiguro would also agree in part. A lot of his presentations are crafted to generate debate and dialogue. He often says things just to shock people into thinking.

      In terms of “age”, one of his big problems right now is that he is aging, but his robot creations aren’t. It seems to trouble him a lot.

      His body language is quite telling, you’re right. But I don’t agree that only humans can interpret body language. Certainly human observation of body language can be captured and incorporated into AI systems so that computers, and robots with access to those computers, can make the same observations and interpret the body language in the same way.

      And, his basic point about robots being a testbed for understanding humans, I totally agree with personally. By struggling to express certain human behaviors, characteristics, and patterns into a robot form, we must grapple with our own existence. This forces us to examine and question things about ourselves that we would otherwise take for granted. We see this all the time when adults tried to teach. It’s only in the teaching process, where we have to struggle to express what we really think, that we become the master of that knowledge. And, many times in this process we suddenly realize that we don’t agree with what we had previously said or thought. In that respect, creating robots is extremely valuable as a way of examining who we are and why we do what we do.

      IMHO :-)

  2. Thanks for posting this lecture, Lem. It looks quite valuable — I’m going to have to set aside an hour this weekend, sit down with a bowl of popcorn, and watch the whole thing!

    1. You’re very welcome Joe. Ishiguro is a very unique character. His observations and theories are often intended to shock and to make you think in ways that you typically haven’t explored before.

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