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Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro JP

builds androids/human replicas, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory Osaka University

Connecting with robots

Hiroshi Ishiguro is director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, part of the Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University, Japan. A notable development of the laboratory is the Actroid, a humanoid robot with lifelike appearance & visible behavior such as facial movements.

Hiroshi builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using them to understand the mechanics of person-to-person interaction. But his true quest is to untangle the ineffable nature of connection itself.

I try to understand humans by creating lifelike robots

Hiroshi believes that since we are hardwired to interact with & place our faith in humans, the more humanlike we can make a robot appear, the more open we’ll be to sharing our lives with it. Toward this end, his teams are pioneering a young field of research called human-robot interaction, a hybrid discipline that combines engineering, AI, social psychology & cognitive science. 

Would you trust robots to play a significant role in our future cities? Analyzing & cultivating our evolving relationship with robots, Hiroshi seeks to understand why & when we’re willing to interact with, & maybe even feel affection for, a machine. & with each android he produces, Ishiguro believes he is moving closer to building that trust.

Are we ready for intimacy with androids? - Wired

Hiroshi Ishi­guro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using them to understand the mechanics of person-to-person interaction. But his true quest is to untangle the ineffable nature of connection itself.

Read the full article on Wired here

Erica: Man Made

 

Erica is 23. She has a beautiful, neutral face and speaks in synthesised voice. She has 20 degrees of freedom but can't move her hands yet. Hiroshi Ishiguro is her father and the bad boy of Japanese robotics. Together they will redefine what it means to be human and reveal that the future is closer than we might think.