By appearing alongside his silicone stand-in, the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in the Department of Adaptive Machine Systems at Osaka University is confirming the status of CeBIT Global Conferences. After all, he has sent his replicant "Geminoid" on solo missions accompanied by an assistant in the past. But the participants at #CGC17 are being treated to the two of them together. One of the most prominent representatives from this year's CeBIT partner country Japan, Prof. Ishiguro is taking to the stage and introducing his alter ego at 9.45 a.m. on Tuesday, 21 March 2017.
Prof. Ishiguro's twin was already sufficiently developed several years ago to make a good enough playmate for his daughter, who was five years old at the time. We can assume further refinements mean Geminoid is now capable of holding his own as a conference participant in Hannover.
Prof. Ishiguro plans to not only use his technology to replicate existing personalities but also to create life partners. He is not aiming for mechanical superhumans or cute toys, but social robots who can offer friendship - or perhaps even more. How far he has come toward realizing this vision and the path that lies ahead will all become clear at CeBIT 2017, as their journey passes through Hannover.