Exhibition Overview

This exhibition will provide interactive experiences in which visitors can see and touch a large number of robots, appealing to a broad audience. Through our relationship with robots, this exhibition looks at how human “bodies,” “minds,” and “lives” are changing, asking the question “What is it to be human?” and thinking of what the future will be for humans and robots.

The highlight of this exhibition is the wide range of different robots that have been gathered together in one place. The exhibition includes WABOT-1, the world’s first humanoid robot; JINKI type Zero ver.1.2, general-purpose humanoid heavy machinery that is over four meters tall; OriHime, an avatar robot enabling social participation from anywhere via remote control; and digital clones simulated based on data such as audio samples and pictures of real people. A variety of robots are on display, from robots which formed the foundation for robotics research in Japan to the latest robots, being revealed to the public for the first time. In the second half of the exhibition, interactive experiences will prompt visitors to think about how the nature of being human is changing along with robots, and what the future will be like.

Over a hundred years have passed since the word “robot” was created. As robotics technology continues to develop and expand, robots have become critical to us as humans, and the definition, concept, and shape of robots continue to change. The relationship between robots and humans may have become more complicated. But this could be an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be human.

Prologue
Zone 1: What Is a robot?
Zone 2-1: What is “Body”?
Zone 2-1: What is “Body”?
JINKI type Zero ver.1.2 Man-Machine Synergy Effectors
OriHime OryLab inc.
Zone 2-2: What is “Mind”?
aibo Sony Group / LOVOT GROOVE X (left)
Discussion between Androids Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Osaka University, NTT Human Informatics Laboratories
Zone 2-3: What is “Life”? alt・digital Clone alt
D.E.A.D(Digital Employment After Death) Whatever
Zone 3: You and robots: What does the future hold?

Exhibition Details

Zone 1: What Is a robot?

From the Birth of Robots to the Present Day

When were robots first created? How have they developed and expanded from the past up until the present? While looking at a timeline taking up an entire wall, visitors will experience history as they weave their way through robots representing different time periods, including WABOT-1 (from April), AIBO, and ASIMO. Works of science fiction which influenced the research and development of robots will also be introduced, including novels, animation, and games.

WABOT-1 Humanoid Robotics Institute, Waseda University

1973
The world’s first humanoid intelligent robot, developed under the supervision of the late Professor Ichiro Kato, a pioneer in Japanese robotics research. 

AIBO Sony Group

1999
The world’s first household entertainment robot, which became popular for its imitation of a four-legged walking animal. AIBO was welcomed into many homes.

Pepper SoftBank Robotics

2014
The world's first humanoid robot with "emotions". It reads the emotions of the other person from facial expressions and voices, and expresses joy and sadness with making gestures and talks.

Zone 2: What are you? What is it to be human?

Zone 2-1: What is “Body”?

Many robots and various technologies have been created which expand our potential activities as humans. The relationship between robot and human “bodies” has reached a point where the two are inextricably intertwined. Where does the robot stop and the human begin? What is the “body” of a human? Experience for yourself by controlling and wearing robots.

MetaLimbs JST ERATO Inami JIZAI Body Project, Embodied Media Project, Keio University Graduate School of Media Design

By controlling two robot arms with your legs, this robot makes it possible to use four arms, and extends your perception of your body.

JINKI type Zero ver.1.2 Man-Machine Synergy Effectors

General-purpose humanoid heavy machinery which can carry out hard labor in high places through intuitive controls. Precise control of its power is possible. Being put into use for railway infrastructure maintenance.

OriHime OryLab inc.

A clone robot that acts as a remote-controlled second body for people who are unable to go somewhere due to distance or physical issues.
*OriHime-D will also be exhibited

Zone 2-2: What is “Mind”?

The human mind is influenced by a variety of emotions. Many diverse robots have been created to touch humans’ mind. From cute robots and robots you want to help, to androids with a strange sense of presence, let us take hints from the feelings you develop for various robots and your own changing emotions in order to think about what the human “mind” is.

aibo Sony Group

An autonomous entertainment robot that grows close to humans and becomes a target of affection. Developing individuality through its interactions with people, it becomes an irreplaceable partner.

LOVOT GROOVE X

A family-type robot developed to be loved by appealing to the heart. The first robot in the world to become jealous.

Muu ICD-LAB Toyohashi University of Technology

Robots that encourage more active communication by arousing the interest of their conversation partner with their imperfect utterances.

ERICA Hiroshi Ishiguro Labs., Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International

An android with a human appearance made for conversation. Developed as a research platform for creating an autonomous conversational android.
*Video presentation only

Zone 2-3: What is “Life”?

Robots have become involved in the nature of human “life” in various ways. At some point, people may become able to replace their body with a robot one, or simulate their mind as a robot. If that comes to pass, will humans have achieved immortality? Let us stop and think about how humans live, and what human “life” is.

Leonardo da Vinci android Osaka University Graduate School of Engineering Da Vinci Museum Network

A Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) android made for Expo Milano, held in Italy in 2015.

PAIDON “TEZUKA2020” Project

From the concept, “What kind of manga would Osamu Tezuka write if he were alive today?” A collaboration between an AI (artificial intelligence) and a human, demonstrating new creative possibilities.

Morphing Identity Superception Project (Shunichi Kasahara)/Sony Computer Science Laboratories

Experience your face changing into that of someone else, and consider the fluidity of identity when using video of the face to recognize individuals.

Zone 3: You and robots: What does the future hold?

The exhibition so far has introduced the history of robots, and robots which are involved in human “bodies,” “minds," and "lives." What kind of future will we build together with these robots? Through visions for the future from people active in a variety of fields, and interactive installations, we will think about the future of humans and robots.

Overview

Title
Special Exhibition: You and Robots ― What is it to be Human?
Period
Friday, March 18 to Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Opening hours
10:00-17:00 *Last admission 30min. before closing time.
Venue
Special Exhibition Zone 1F, Miraikan
Admission fee
Adults (19 and older): 2,100 yen (1,900 yen)
Children (Elementary school students to 18) 1,400 yen (1,200 yen)
Preschool Children (3 or older, not yet elementary school student) 900 yen (700 yen)
* Fees in parentheses ( ) are for groups of 8 or more
*Permanent exhibitions are included in admission
*The Dome Theater costs extra (reservations required)
*Admission is free for children under 3 years old
*Admission is free for holders of a disability certificate, and for one companion
*Numbered tickets may be handed out to prevent crowding in the venue, or limitations placed on entry
*The period the exhibition is held and other details may change
*The content of the exhibition may change without notice
*For the latest information, please check the official website listed below
Organizers
Miraikan, The Asahi Shimbun, TV Asahi Corporation