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IBM Watson computing technology learns Japanese

Aug 3, 2015

IBM Watson computing technology learns Japanese

The IBM Watson computing technology, which has helped organize massive data and has beaten champions on the “Jeopardy” TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with telecommunications and robotics ...

Robot porter, check-in staff at innovative Sasebo hotel

Jul 16, 2015

Robot porter, check-in staff at innovative Sasebo hotel

From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that’s an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in Nagasaki Prefecture, aptly called Weird Hotel, is “manned” almost totally by robots to save labor costs. Hideo Sawada, who ...

Tributes to Nintendo chief Iwata flood Internet

Jul 15, 2015

Tributes to Nintendo chief Iwata flood Internet

Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata’s death from an illness at 55 is being mourned by game fans around the world. They’re sharing Iwata Mii avatars, creating pictures with farewell messages on the Nintendo drawing game Splatoon and sending Tweets with “ThankYouIwata” hashtags. Some of ...

Gushiken comes to terms with boxing legacy

Jul 2, 2015

Gushiken comes to terms with boxing legacy

It was a long fight for Yoko Gushiken to find life after boxing. Or rather, to find his life was all about boxing, after all. It took his induction last month into the International Boxing Hall of Fame — an honor only two other ...

 PS4 Godzilla game steers clear of radiation, atomic weapons

Jun 3, 2015

PS4 Godzilla game steers clear of radiation, atomic weapons

Godzillas galore, including last year’s Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally in mid-July. But don’t expect any references to radiation, the mutant reptile’s trademark affliction. Simply named “Godzilla,” it’s the first video ...

Godzilla named tourism ambassador of his old stomping ground

Apr 10, 2015

Godzilla named tourism ambassador of his old stomping ground

Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku Ward, known for its down-home bars and noodle restaurants. A Godzilla-size head towering 52 ...