CNR 2014: Exhibition: Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, ATR (JPN): Android photos
We have explored new information media based on humanlike robots that harmonize humans with information-environment beyond existing personal computers, while inquired "what is the essence of human beings?"
The end of the information age will coincide with the beginning of the robot age. However, we will not soon see a world in which humans and androids walk the streets together, like in movies or cartoons; instead, information technology and robotics will gradually fuse so that people will likely only notice when robot technology is already in use in various locations.
Our role will be to lead this integration of information and robotics technologies by constantly proposing new scientific and technological concepts. Toward this, knowledge of art and philosophy will be invaluable. Technology has made art "reproducible"; likewise, artistic sense has contributed to the formation of new technologies, and artistic endeavors themselves are supported by philosophical contemplation and analysis.
Hereafter, human societies will continue to change due to "informationization" and robotization; in this ever-changing setting, artistic activities and philosophical speculation will allow us to comprehend the essential natures of humans and society, so that we can produce truly novel science and technological innovations in a research space which lies beyond current notions of "fields" and boundaries of existing knowledge.
At Cafe Neu Romance 2014 the visitors can discover a reprospective photo exhibition which contains many of the robots which Hiroshi Ishiguro has designed.
[image source: Hiroshi Ishiguro Lab, ATR]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories were founded to encourage and promote studies based on original and unique ideas from Hiroshi Ishiguro, ATR Fellow, who has remarkable achievements on robotics.
Androids photos by Hiroshi Ishiguro Lab, ATR are displayed during the Cafe Neu Romance festival (26-29 November 2014) at Galerie NTK.