Naonori Akiya

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The rapidly expanding elderly population in Japan and other industrialized countries has posed an enormous challenge to the systems of healthcare that serve elderly citizens. This study examines naturally occurring interaction within elderly day care in Japan, and discusses the implications for developing robotic systems that can provide service in elderly(More)
Due to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, discussions are progressing on how robots could replace human labor. Conventional surveys have shown that human work is expected to gradually be replaced as tasks become automated. However, human labor changes on tasks, not on jobs. The modification is taking place in human-system interactions.(More)
Ethics and social responsibility is one of the hot topics in HCI research. This paper describes a case of a Japanese AI journal's cover design that evoked a huge public and academic discussion of its ethical and social implications in December 2013. The case implies a lack of dialogue and collaboration between the AI community and researchers in social(More)
This paper presents on-going work in developing service robots that provide assisted-care to the elderly in multi-party settings. In typical Japanese day-care facilities, multiple caregivers and visitors are co-present in the same room and any caregiver may provide assistance to any visitor. In order to effectively work in such settings, a robot should(More)
Ethical, legal and social implications of HCI research require a safe system for encouraging rational dialogue between ICT and social sciences and humanities researchers. However, involving researchers from various fields remains challenging, owing to the silo formed by researchers' diversified values. The authors are forming an interdisciplinary network,(More)
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