This month on Smart Dust, we’re talking to two robotics leaders from opposite ends of the globe, who are both pioneering the race to create ‘human-like’ robotics. First up is Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan. Dr. Ishiguro has dedicated his life’s work to create a robot that will be indistinguishablefrom that of a human and will eventually past the ‘Turing Test’. Dr. Ishiguro also created a ‘Geminoid’, a robot that looks exactly like himself – where the Dr. claims to even feel phantom touches when people touch the ‘Geminoid’. We also unpack the future of sociable robotics with Gabriel Skantze, chief scientist and co-founder of Furhat Robotics. The Stockholm-based technology start-up has led the world is pioneering our interactions with AI by putting a face to the voice. Gabriel was the lead scientist and engineer on Furhat, the world’s most ‘sociable’ robot, who communicates just like us humans by listening, speaking and sharing emotions. This podcast is produced by Daresay, for The Works and Norton-Rose Fulbright.