UAA's Cyber-Ethics Conference February 2016: Takanori Shibata and the harp seal robot Paro

2016-03-04 by

Takanori Shibata is the creator of Paro, a therapeutic robot in the form of a warm and fuzzy harp seal, well known for comforting Fukushima survivors. It has been used in palliative care for cancer patients and training of social skill of children with developmental disorders. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ertified Paro as a “neurological therapeutic medical devic.”

Shibata is the chief senior research scientist at the Human Informatics Research Institute with AIST, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science of Technology.

Shibata was introduced by Hiroko Harada, a professor of Japanese and coordinator, advisor and director of the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture.

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UAA's Cyber-Ethics Conference, February 2016: Jennifer Robertson and robots in Japan

2016-03-03 by News, Sports, and Art

Jennifer Robertson is Professor of Anthropology and History of Art at the University of Michigan and author of the forthcoming book Robo Sapiens Japanicus: robotics, eugenics, and posthuman aesthetics.

Her keynote was a part of the 11th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Feb. 26-27, 2016.

This podcast was recorded Feb. 27, 2016 in UAA Library 307.

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