Japanese convenience store chain Lawson announced that they were going to deploy digital avatars on register monitors that are remotely controlled by real humans, to address the labour shortage issue.
The digital avatar system is developed by Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, who is a renowned expert on robotics and AI.
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Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro, who has been selected as one of the top 100 geniuses alive in the world today by Synectics Survey of Contemporary Genius in 2007, is currently Professor of Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University (2009-) and Visiting Director (2011-) of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR).
He is also Distinguished Professor of Osaka University and an ATR fellow (one of six fellows). His research interests are interactive robotics, avatar technology, and android science. He has developed many interactive humanoids and androids, called Robovie, Repliee, Geminoid, Telenoid, Elfoid, CommU, ERICA, and Ibuki. These robots have been reported by media such as Discovery Channel, NHK, and BBC.
Professor Ishiguro is world-renowned for his Android research and development. In 2011, he won the Osaka Cultural Award. In 2015, he received the Prize for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). He was also awarded the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award in Dubai in 2015. Tateisi Award in 2020, and honorary doctorate of Aarhus university in 2021.