Hiroshi Ishiguro


Date March 21, 2017

Hiroshi Ishiguro

石黒浩. Wow! This man is truly a force to be reckoned with. And if the coming future of robots and AI is any indication, I personally believe it’s not too far off to refer to Hiroshi Ishiguro as one of the founding fathers.

I had the honour of meeting and photographing Hiroshi as part of my gig with the Hannover Messe/Cebit Global Conferences. A lover of leather jackets, we instantly had a topic of conversation as he was quite interested in my leather gilet. We traded a few tips about where best to shop for fine leather in London, Berlin, and Tokyo. Needless to say … we were both quite relaxed and familiar with each other by the time I fired up the flashes and got to work.

Reading his Wikipedia entry, there’s not much more that can be said:

In robot development, Ishiguro concentrates on the idea of making a robot that is as similar as possible to a live human being; at the unveiling in July 2005 of the female android named Repliee Q1Expo, he was quoted as saying “I have developed many robots before, but I soon realised the importance of its appearance. A human-like appearance gives a robot a strong feeling of presence. … Repliee Q1Expo can interact with people. It can respond to people touching it. It’s very satisfying, although we obviously have a long way to go yet.” In his opinion, it may be possible to build an android that is indistinguishable from a human, at least during a brief encounter.

Ishiguro has made an android that resembles him, called the Geminoid. The Geminoid was among the robots featured by James May in his 5 October 2008 BBC2 documentary on robots Man-Machine in his series Big Ideas. He also introduced a telecommunication robot called the Telenoid R1. Ishiguro has been listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011.

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