Beijing GMIC/2 – The human robot

Pubblicato il 08 Mag 2014

GMIC is the Global Mobile Internet Conference that touches four cities every year: Beijing, Tokyo, New Dheli and San Francisco. Marco Gervasi reports from the 2014 Beijing event.

Can androids be more human-like than humans? The answer from professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University is yes. Professor Ishiguro presented at Beijing GMIC is latest creation. He has recently been nominated one of the 50 most influential scientists in Asia. “Avatars will deliver messages to sick people, visit conferences and work in department stores” says Professor Ishiguro.

Though sounding very science fiction, this might happen faster than we think. Recently, a female android, looking elegant and holding a mobile phone, was placed behind a window in a Tokyo store. People were told she had a twitter account. Very soon she had over 100 followers, 10 of which said they were in love.

Another android was displayed in Hong Kong singing famous songs. People went crazy about it. Professor Ishiguro says that in the near future we are going to see and use androids for more human-like interactions.

Being often very busy working on new ideas, he is now sending his android to foreign countries to attend and speak at conferences. The avatar is remotely operated by the professor through the Internet. Professor Ishiguro is now in China to build an android of a very famous guy. Are we at the dawn of a robot society? And how will it look like? I Professor Ishiguro predicts that robots’ most immediate and popular deployment will be talking to people.

He has recently designed and employed a small doll-size robot that, when connected to your mobile phone, becomes the avatar of the person you are talking to. You feel the presence of the speaker by giving shape and expression to a simple phone conversation. This is proving very useful for elderly and patients who feel loneliness. As robots will become autonomous, Professor Ishiguro says that the next frontier will be to understand what does it mean to be human. What does it mean to have a heart ad mind? An android will give us a chance to think about these things.

(this article by Marco Gervasi appeared also on the GMIC MobiSights blog)

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