The age-old debate of man vs. machine has resurfaced in recent years, this time due to a decrease in the number of jobs associated with what is referred to as Industry 4.0.

Even today we can witness a significant movement by many people against the role of machines in specific activities and environments. When these machines, moreover, take on a human appearance, the preventative efforts often turns into actual terror.

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Two years ago, during an international conference on artificial intelligence organised by the University of Salamanca, we had the opportunity to admire and interact with a humanoid robot which had caught everybody’s attention. Geminoid H1-4 was created by Japanese scientist Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University. It is an ultra-lifelike robot with the ability to speak and show facial expressions of happiness and concern through facial movements.

Today, the use of this type of humanoid is more focused on distance teaching and companionship, but as new versions are coming to light, their creators are proposing new applications.

From 13-16 September, Salamanca will host the fifth edition of the Spanish Conference on Computer Science, which will include the participation of researchers from all over the country. One of the keynote presentations, scheduled for 13 September, will be Professor Ishiguro.

 

Article published in El Mundo de Castilla y León

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As published in La Gaceta de Salamanca

 

 

 

 

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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