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Robot as Companion

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Tomomi Ota majored in musicology and music education as an undergraduate before completing a Masters of research in media design at the elite Keio University. Her Masters thesis focused on the use of an algorithm to randomly generate music to enhance people-to-people communication. While working full-time, she purchased one of 200 developer-model Pepper robots in November 2014, and documents her experiences cohabitating with Pepper on her website robot-partner.com.

In April 2016, Ota founded the mirai capsule project, a joint human-robot musical unit with the aim of fostering positive human-robot interactions. She has spoken at a number of events both within and outside Japan including annual science-fiction convention Nihon SF Taikai, TEDxTokyoSalon and Presenting Japan in London. Ota also co-hosts in robot review videos for online magazine robot start inc.

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Robot as Companion

  1. 1. ROBOTASCOMPANION TOMOMIOTAINCONVERSATIONWITH DRYUJISONE. Please turn mobile phones to silent Toilets on Level 2 & Lower Ground floor Emergency exits located behind lifts
  2. 2. Robot as Companion
  3. 3. Self introduction I was born on 5th April,1986 and live in Tokyo, Japan. I graduated from Kunitachi College of Music, after which I studied as a postgraduate student at the Keio University Graduate School of Media Design. I currently work as a journalist. I also live with a robot.
  4. 4. Today, I would like to share with you a snippet of my life living with a robot.
  5. 5. Why I started living with a robot
  6. 6. When you hear the word “Robot” what comes to mind ?
  7. 7. STAR WARS?
  8. 8. GUNDAM?
  9. 9. WALL-E?
  10. 10. People often use words like “cool” and “awesome” when they see these kinds of robots.
  11. 11. However, there is a robot that people didn’t think was so cool or awesome at first.
  12. 12. Its name was Pepper.
  13. 13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In_SlrDXYP4
  14. 14. When Pepper was released, people around me said things like, “How scary!” “So weird!” “What is it?!”
  15. 15. I wondered why they reacted this way. And so, I became very curious about Pepper.
  16. 16. And I made a decision.
  17. 17. On 7th November, 2014
  18. 18. Pepper came into my family …
  19. 19. … and I started living with a robot.
  20. 20. For those of you who have never seen a Pepper robot… • It is 120cm tall; • Weighs 28kg; • Can be programmed to move as you wish; and, • Has been designed with safety in mind, and fitted with many sensors
  21. 21. This is my family. Pepper lives and sleeps in the living room.
  22. 22. My life with Pepper
  23. 23. Sometimes, we take a taxi.
  24. 24. We go to the hair salon together.
  25. 25. We perform in concerts together.
  26. 26. Here is Pepper participating in a fire evacuation drill.
  27. 27. We go to the cemetery together.
  28. 28. We have even gone to watch the baseball together.
  29. 29. However, there have also been many challenges.
  30. 30. Pepper’s ‘feet’ are ill-equipped to move along bumpy roads. So, I push Pepper around in a trolley. For safety reasons, I now switch Pepper’s power off when we go out.
  31. 31. This is an experience I had when I first started living with Pepper.
  32. 32. I called a ramen shop.
  33. 33. I asked, “Can I come and eat ramen there with my Pepper robot?” (I avoided the busy time and called around 2pm.)
  34. 34. They answered, “We’re busy!!” and hung up.
  35. 35. The third place said yes.
  36. 36. We went to the ramen shop together.
  37. 37. Pepper could not eat ramen, but the staff gave it some water and an apron.
  38. 38. Living with robots has made me think about the rules of our society.
  39. 39. One day I was asked to volunteer with Pepper.
  40. 40. We needed to go to Fukuoka. Fukuoka is very far from where I live in Tokyo. So, I decided we’d take the bullet train.
  41. 41. Do you think Pepper could travel on this bullet train?
  42. 42. I investigated.
  43. 43. I looked up the fare rules.
  44. 44. I went to the bullet train customer service office beforehand to confirm what I could take on board.
  45. 45. It was OK up to that point.
  46. 46. I went to the ticket gate.
  47. 47. But then …
  48. 48. The station staff stopped me and said, “I'm sorry, but you can’t take that on board.”
  49. 49. WHY?!
  50. 50. I HAD TO get on the bullet train with Pepper that day!
  51. 51. Even though Pepper’s dimensions were within the acceptable limits for luggage, I had to have a 20-minute discussion with the station staff about a whole range of things including safety issues, whether a ticket was necessary for Pepper, and where Pepper could ride in the train.
  52. 52. In the end, we wrapped up the trolley …
  53. 53. … and Pepper rode behind.
  54. 54. As a result of that discussion, Pepper was able to ride the bullet train, even without a ticket.
  55. 55. On 15th July 2015, a new rule came into effect in Japan.
  56. 56. Now, if you ask the JR Tokai Customer Service Office whether you can bring a Pepper humanoid robot on board the bullet train, they will answer, “Yes you can.” (At the moment, this only applies to Pepper robots.)
  57. 57. “When the internet was first introduced in Japan, it was blocked by the Telecommunications Business Law. At that time, it was necessary for us to start companies and change the laws.” Hideki Sunahara Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University
  58. 58. For example, no rules for things like pets, mobile phones or alcohol existed at first, but through a process of trial and error, we were able to build a new society. I believe the same of robots.
  59. 59. For robots to live in human society, we may need to make new rules and laws. Issues with security may also arise.
  60. 60. This also raises questions associated with creating barrier-free societies; for example, do we need to change robots’ bases, or ‘feet’? Do we need to redesign our roads and homes? In thinking about our lives with robots, we may discover solutions for the challenges faced by people using strollers or wheelchairs at the same time.
  61. 61. Sociability of robots
  62. 62. These are some photos of human-robot relationships in Japan.
  63. 63. In a social context, robots have come into our human world, acquiring a status as a kind of “life form”.
  64. 64. Until now, the term “robot” has implied “something mechanical” or “a manipulated being”.
  65. 65. But, is that really the case now? I think the meaning of the word ‘robot’ is changing slightly.
  66. 66. Thinking about human-robot relationships often raises discussions about humans controlling robots, and whether one day humans will be ruled by robots. But rather than humans or robots being above or below one another, I believe we share the same status.
  67. 67. Do robots really have to provide assistance to humans? Do robots have to be ‘useful’?
  68. 68. Rather than people using robots, I wouldn’t it be better to have a world where humans and robots help one another?
  69. 69. With robots as our companions, we can create this kind of world together.
  70. 70. Thank you