Akihiro Eguchi

Honors College student Akihiro Eguchi wants to design a kinder, gentler robot. Inspired by Astro Boy, the robot manga hero from the '50s who was wildly popular in Akihiro’s native Japan, or AIBO, a robotic pet capable of learning, he’d like to program a robot that could keep a child company until his parents come home – and get a few household chores accomplished as well. “In America, robots tend to be martial, like Terminator. In Japan, if a robot has a mind, he can be a good friend,” Akihiro said. To achieve his dream of programming artificial intelligence, Akihiro is putting in extra credit hours to earn a double major in computer science and psychology.

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