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Android Robotics and the Conceptualization of Human Beings: The Telenoid and the Japanese Concept of Nature

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  • Marco Nørskov
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  • Ryuji Yamazaki, Waseda University, Japan
For decades Japan has been a first-mover and pacemaker with respect to the development of humanoid and android robots. This conceptual paper demonstrates how a particular android robot, the Telenoid, can be embedded within, and interpreted relative to, a Japanese conception of nature where, as pointed out by the literature, the artificial is not opposed to nature and where conventionalized idealizations in general are cherished over the original state of nature. The following three relational aspects will be used to compare this idea of nature with central design hypotheses pertaining to the Telenoid robot: (i) deliberate minimalization, (ii) enhanced access to an ideal state, and (iii) taming the wild.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvisioning Robots in Society - Power, Politics, and Public Space : Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2018 / TRANSOR 2018
Number of pages9
PublisherIOS Press
Publication year2018
ISBN (print)978-1-61499-930-0
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-61499-931-7
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventRobo-Philosophy 2018: Envisioning Robots in Society - Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 14 Feb 201817 Feb 2018


ConferenceRobo-Philosophy 2018
LocationUniversität Wien
SeriesFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications

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  • Robotics in Japan

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