July 25, 2016 14:30 - 16:00

Potential as a family of humanoid robots

[Speaker] Kanoh, Hiroko:1
1:Yamagata University (Japan)

In our modern world, as human relations become more attenuated because of the falling birthrate, the agingpopulation and the trend toward nuclear families the number of children who constantly feel lonely is increasing.In the survey "Child Poverty in Perspective, An Overview of Child Wellbeing in Rich Countries" conducted bythe United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in 2007, 30 percent of Japanese children aged 15 agree with thestatement "I feel lonely".This striking result makes Japan the highest-scoring country. In most countries, thepercentage of 15 year-olds agreeing with the statement is 10 percent or less. Against this background, I took upthe notion of the "humanoid robots" for consideration as a potential way to comfort and heal people in Japan. So,I was discussed university students 20 people about this question. High expectations to the possibility of as a family of humanoid robots has been shown.
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