A chat with Hiroshi Ishiguro

  • A chat with Hiroshi Ishiguro
  • A chat with Hiroshi Ishiguro

A chat with Hiroshi Ishiguro

At ATR I also talked with Hiroshi Ishiguro from HIL. He’s well-known, inside and outside of Japan for making humanoid robots, especially because of the robot he made as a copy of himself. I met with him, his Geminoid and also a Telenoid in his lab.

We’ve talked about some of his lesser known, but not less interesting projects. One was Android Cafe, an event in the summer of 2011 where people could meet in a traditional style machiya cafe (Cafe Pokopen) in Osaka and have a chat with an android. Like the Geminoid and the Telenoid this android can be operated by a human from a distance.

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The robot above is not a copy of the professor but is a robot copy (2010) of the living legend Beicho Katsura. He is a legendary rakugo performer — a comedic form of Japanese art involving a single storyteller. This is the robot made by the image of Beicho Katsura. Talking with Hiroshi Ishiguro about his experiences we’ve discussed how humanoids, or human-like robots can be used for storytelling. This robot attracted a large number of people in 2010.

Heritage is not only building, but it is also the story about the families and communities who have lived there. The way or manner in which you tell the story is very important and can be done in many different ways. Hiroshi is interested in recreating the feeling of human presence transmitted by these robots. He takes this exploration a step further with his collaboration with Oriza Hirata, a  Japanese stage director. At the Autumn Festival in Normandie Oriza Hirata presents an adaptation of one of the masterpieces of 20th century literature: Franz Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’. Performed by French actors and one of Hiroshi’s humanoid robots, this play examines what it means to be human.

Credits:

– Telenoid was developed by Osaka University and Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR).
– Geminoid was developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR).