What if somewhere right now someone is conducting the Turing test to an android with artificial intelligence, just like in the movie Ex Machina? How far away are we really from having robots perform tasks for us in our everyday life? And when will they start to form thoughts of their own? Personal computers and smartphones have allready changed our lifestyles. After the information age, intelligent robots may be the next thing that will change our lives again. The “robot society” could emerge in the very near future. Are you ready?


Ideas about artificial or mechanical human beings were conceived by the Greeks and the Chinese more than two thousand years ago. Since then, this which we call an android has always been the iconic concept of a robot - a synthetic organism designed to look and act like a human. Until recently, androids have largely remained within the domain of science fiction, frequently seen in film and television. However, advancements in robot technology have allowed the design of functional and realistic humanoid robots.


We are therefore thrilled to announce another great key speaker at the Cutting Edge festival - professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University and Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR) in Japan. In his talk, Prof. Ishiguro, who is one of the pioneers of the interactive robot study and the creator of the very humanlike robots, will talk about the possibility of the robot society and introduce various androids that work in our daily life.


At the Cutting Edge festival you will have the chance to meet Geminoid HI-4 - the tele-operated android that has similar appearance of original person. And not just any person, but the professor himself! The Ishiguro look-a-like Geminoid HI-4 has sixteen degrees of freedom that allows it to behave like an actual human. By using Geminoid HI-4, we can explore questions like "What is a human presence?" and "Can human presence transfer to a remote place?"


The future from the movies is catching up really fast. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet professor Ishiguro AND his robots! Be there to make sure you know how to find your place in the future robot society!


Geminoid HI-4: Osaka University

FOTO: Geminoid HI-4: Osaka University