Photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg and Siddhartha Srinivasa, Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, talk about the future of robots and how robots are becoming more human. Max Aguilera-Hellweg took the photographs for the article “Making Robots Human,” in the August issue of National Geographic magazine, and Siddhartha Srinivasa is featured in the story. With advances in technology that allow robots to speak, blink, smile and perform such tasks as folding clothes and cooking, questions are being raised as to how human is too human. They explore how much everyday human function we want to outsource to machines, how the robot revolution will change the way we relate to each other, and if we’re ready for robots.
"For the animators of films and video games, creating a truly human looking and acting character has long been the holy grail. But making characters close-to-real and yet not-real-enough leaves them in what’s called the ‘uncanny valley’ where audiences find those characters unsettling, unnatural and zombie-like. OTM producer Jamie York looks at how the entertainment industry has dealt with this issue and what the ‘uncanny valley’ tells us about ourselves and our future."
How will robotics change us and our lives? Will AI driven robots put us on an accelerated evolutionary path? Why would we want a more heavily robotized society? Do we have a choice in the matter?
From 23 October 2010:
In 2007, the Japanese central government pledged $26 billion over ten years to develop a robot dependent society and lifestyle that is safe, comfortable and convenient. One person who is helping to make this vision a reality is Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute in Kyoto. He calls himself an Android Scientist and along with his multi disciplinary team of scientists he is creating very human-like robots or androids called Geminoids.
Why is the Japanese government pursuing such a vision? Why is it that the Japanese are able to welcome such machines into their society? Post Human explores these questions as well as providing a unique opportunity to hear scientists at the cutting edge of robotics express their hopes and fears about a future in which the lives of humans and robots are inextricably entwined.
A moving story of love, robot style.
Hiroshi Ishiguro Professor of Osaka University Dept of Systems Innovation Visiting Group Leader of Intelligent Robotics & Communications Laboratories at (ATR) Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
Michael Berthin PhD candidate in Anthropology at London School of Economics
Kohei Ogawa Android Scientist
Christian Becker-Asano Android Scientist