How Human Is Human?
The View from Robotics Research
Translated by Tony Gonzalez
Published Titles / Science
Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-137-8 (Hardcover) | 178 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2020
About the Book
How Human Is Human?: The View from Robotics Research presents an overview of various androids created by its author, Hiroshi Ishiguro, along with episodes and difficulties encountered during their development. Unlike the industrial robots so commonly seen in today’s factories, Dr. Ishiguro’s androids are designed with a focus on providing new tools for human interaction and communication. Of particular note are his Geminoid series androids, which are designed to exactly duplicate the appearance of actual living beings (in the case of the latter, Ishiguro himself), providing insights into psychological phenomena arising from the experience of encountering one’s doppelgänger. These androids further allow for remote operations over the Internet, allowing users to project their voice and even movements, thereby establishing a sense of presence that is impossible through commonplace technologies such as video conferencing. These androids thus represent a first step toward telepresence technologies only encountered today in works of science fiction.
About the Author
Ishiguro Hiroshi received a Ph.D. in systems engineering from Osaka University in 1991. He is currently a distinguished professor in the Department of Systems Innovation at Osaka University (2009-) and Visiting Director of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories (2011-) at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR). He has published more than 300 papers for major journals and conferences. His robots have been highlighted more than 500 times in media including The Discovery Channel, NHK, and the BBC. In 2011, he won the Osaka Cultural Award, presented by the Osaka Prefectural Government and the Osaka City Government for his contributions to the advancement of culture in Osaka. In 2015, he received the Prize for Science and Technology (Research Category) from Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報