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Kat Robb reports on a recent trip to Japan, where she spoke with Prof. Ishiguru, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Osaka.

He argues that society itself is responsible for shaping humans, therefore by using a combination of computers, motors, and sensors he is able to create androids that are capable of mimicking humans. So synergistic androids are created, that with exposure to language and HRI, are able to develop a personality, therefore making them as human as any other being that depends on exposure to language, society, others and interaction to shape who they are and who they become.

I wonder what this says of current society/culture, when you consider the fate of AI systems such as Microsoft’s chatbot Tay?

Robb also suggests:

Japanese citizens openly accept robots and autonomous systems into their society so they don’t feel the need to distinguish the differences between them, and humans. Robots are considered beings, just like any other being, and take an active part in society in theatre productions, as caregivers, companions and shop assistants.

Robots are considered beings. “Beings” – not ‘human’ beings, but beings none the less. I wonder – what rights do these non-human beings have in Japan, then?  Further investigations ahead..