Android robotics and the conceptualization of human beings: The telenoid and the Japanese concept of nature

Marco Nørskov, Ryuji Yamazaki Skov

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Abstract

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
EditorsMichael Funk, Janina Loh, Marco Norskov, Mark Coeckelbergh, Johanna Seibt
PublisherIOS Press
Pages238-246
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781614999300
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1
Event3rd International Conference on Robophilosophy 2018 / Transor 2018: Envisioning Robots in Society - Politics, Power, and Public Space - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2018 Feb 142018 Feb 17

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Volume311
ISSN (Print)0922-6389

Other

Other3rd International Conference on Robophilosophy 2018 / Transor 2018: Envisioning Robots in Society - Politics, Power, and Public Space
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period18/2/1418/2/17

Keywords

  • Androids
  • Conceptualization
  • Japanese robotics
  • Nature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence

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    Nørskov, M., & Yamazaki Skov, R. (2018). Android robotics and the conceptualization of human beings: The telenoid and the Japanese concept of nature. In M. Funk, J. Loh, M. Norskov, M. Coeckelbergh, & J. Seibt (Eds.), Envisioning Robots in Society - Power, Politics, and Public Space - Proceedings of Robophilosophy 2018 / TRANSOR 2018 (pp. 238-246). (Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications; Vol. 311). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-931-7-238