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Lecture by Tomotaka Takahashi "Creation in the Robot Age" on June 22

Takahashi recreates EVOLTA climbing the Grand Canyon.
Takahashi recreates EVOLTA climbing the Grand Canyon.

Robot Creator Tomotaka Takahashi (Representative Director of Robo Garage Co., Ltd., Advanced Science and Technology Research Center, University of Tokyo) ) “Creation of the Robot Age” was held at the The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics Kyoto Station Satellite Hall.Mr. Takahashi brought in his own robots, EVOLTA and ROBI, for demonstrations, and introduced plans for a robot to fly in space within the year. He spoke of his passion for robots and their potential for the future, captivating the large audience, including the general public.

Mr. Takahashi explained that he was inspired to become a robot scientist by "reading the manga Astro Boy when I was in elementary school, and the many scenes of robot building.After graduating from Ritsumeikan University's College of Industrial Sociology, he was looking for a job when he remembered his childhood dream and enrolled in Kyoto University's Faculty of Engineering.The robots I developed while I was a student at Kyoto University won prizes in venture contests and idea contests one after another, and I took them to manufacturers for commercialization, so after graduation I started Robo Garage as the first venture company housed at Kyoto University.

Since then, we have developed more than 30 robots.The 17-centimeter EVOLTA, which was used in a commercial by an electronics manufacturer to promote the durability of dry cell batteries, successfully climbed 530 meters up a cliff in the Grand Canyon on a rope.He has also completed 24 hours of Le Mans, 53 days of the Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido, and a triathlon in Hawaii (3.8 km swim, 180 km bike, 42 km marathon).In the lecture, we brought "EVOLTA" and a rope and recreated the scene of climbing the Grand Canyon.In addition, the humanoid robot ROBI (34cm) was demonstrated to be able to talk, sing and dance.

Within the year, the world's first space flight by a human-like robot is planned," he said.It has already passed 14 safety tests, and will fly into space within this year to serve as an experiment assistant and communicator for Astronaut Koichi Wakata.We want to show the world that robots are now capable of communicating with people," he stressed.He added, "I am convinced that in the near future, the era of one robot per person will replace the smartphone.It will start with Japan, where the power of manufacturing is overwhelmingly strong.Robots have infinite potential," he concluded.

Mr. Takahashi has been called a "robot genius," and his self-made robot "CHROINO" was selected as one of the "coolest inventions" by Time magazine.In the RoboCup World Championship, where robots compete in soccer matches to demonstrate their technological prowess, we won five consecutive championships from 2004 to 2008.I'd like to see a robot team beat the winning team of the World Cup soccer tournament by 2050," he says.

ROBI" was a robot that could talk, sing and dance!

Commemorative Lecture "Creation in the Age of Robotsロボットクリエイター高橋智隆氏講演/