Robot societies, closer and closer to reality

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, from Osaka University, gave the first presentation at the Spanish Conference on Computer Science which was is currently underway at the University of Salamanca.

Ishiguro is the creator of the “Geminoids”, robots capable of interacting with humans. He highlighted the creation of humanoid robot societies and expressed his conviction that within the next few years we will have the capability to create societies of robots who can communicate among themselves, most likely in Japan where the society is already prepared to implement this type of system.

Professor Ishiguro’s presentation focused on the significance of these robots for humans. This type of research raises many questions about how humans perceive other humans, our relationship with the machines we create, and the role of robotics and artificial intelligence in the near future. According to the professor, the elderly experience many difficulties in relating to this type of humanoid, and struggle to recognise and interact with them. For this reason, development is currently underway on the Telenoid robot, a simple design for an interactive humanoid with an undefined age and gender, with which older users tend to interact better.

It was a privilege to have Professor Ishiguro present during our conference, as it was just two years ago that he came to Salamanca with the Geminoid HI-4 during the Artificial Intelligence conference.

During his stay in our city he made it a point to visit the facilities of the BISITE research group at the University of Salamanca.


As published in the media:


Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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