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Can the Future Astroboy Surpass the Human Child? - A Dialogue between Nobukazu Tajika and Noboru Kobayashi

Why has CRN chosen robotics for the theme of this dialogue? The first reason is that researchers in robotics are now exploring the mechanism of development and learning by means of an analogy with the human, and their approach is increasingly influencing child research. The second reason is that, probably, robotics will be the pillar of the next-generation industry. Educational robots and pet robots will become a part of children's daily lives. It is from this futuristic perspective that the two speakers discussed how robotics and Kodomogaku (Child Science) intersect.

Table of Contents
1 Intelligence needs a body
2 Cognitive information and affective information
3 The value of "otherness" that robots teach us

Nobukazu TAJIKA
Born in Toyama Prefecture in 1953.
Freelance journalist and non-fiction writer.
Graduated from the School of Engineering, Tohoku University, majoring in architecture. Certified first-grade architect. After a career as a journalist for "The Nikkei Architecture", he turned to writing, publishing a series of original reports on contemporary science and philosophy from a journalistic perspective. His book "The Future Astroboy" (published by ASCII), the result of a two-year interview with researchers in robotics, brain science and artificial intelligence, explores a new concept of humans.

Noboru KOBAYASHI, M.D.
Born in Tokyo in 1927. Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Pediatrician
Director, Child Research Net (CRN)
Director, Children's Rainbow center (Japan Information & Training Center for problems related to Child Abuse and Adolescent's Turmoil)
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
President Emeritus, National Children's Hospital
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Nobukazu TAJIKA
Born in Toyama Prefecture in 1953.
Freelance journalist and non-fiction writer.
Graduated from the School of Engineering, Tohoku University, majoring in architecture. Certified first-grade architect. After a career as a journalist for ""The Nikkei Architecture"", he turned to writing, publishing a series of original reports on contemporary science and philosophy from a journalistic perspective. His book ""The Future Astroboy"" (published by ASCII), the result of a two-year interview with researchers in robotics, brain science and artificial intelligence, explores a new concept of humans.

Noboru KOBAYASHI, M.D.
Born in Tokyo in 1927. Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Pediatrician
Director, Child Research Net (CRN)
Director, Children's Rainbow center (Japan Information & Training Center for problems related to Child Abuse and Adolescent's Turmoil)
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
President Emeritus, National Children's Hospital
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