Deregulation of robotics pushed to ease labor shortages

Jan 24, 2015

Deregulation of robotics pushed to ease labor shortages

The government has worked out an action plan that calls for promoting deregulation to expand the use of robot technology to ease labor shortages driven by Japan’s population decline. The action plan, drawn up Friday at a meeting chaired by Tamotsu Nomakuchi, a consultant ...

'Human' side of robots is shown off at Las Vegas electronics show

Jan 11, 2015

'Human' side of robots is shown off at Las Vegas electronics show

She stood on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas, carried on conversations, blinked her eyes and sang a convincing rendition of “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” It would have been unremarkable if Chihira Aico were not a robot. “Hello, ...

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

Jan 11, 2015

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for ...

Dec 24, 2014

Omron, Cyberdyne announce robotics tie-up

by Kazuaki Nagata

Cyberdyne Inc. and Omron Corp. said Wednesday they will join forces in making and marketing robots, combining Cyberdyne’s power limb technology with Omron’s expertise in sensors and automation. “We want to achieve new values through our technologies,” Omron President and CEO Yoshihito Yamada told ...

Stephen Hawking's AI fears stir scientific debate

Dec 7, 2014

Stephen Hawking's AI fears stir scientific debate

There was the psychotic HAL 9000 computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The humanoids that attacked their flesh-and-blood masters in “I, Robot.” And, of course, “The Terminator,” where a robot is sent into the past to kill a woman whose son will end the ...

Dentsu says it's creating robot entertainers

Dec 3, 2014

Dentsu says it's creating robot entertainers

by Kazuaki Nagata

Dentsu Inc. will launch a new business focusing on developing “humanoid robot entertainers,” the major ad agency said. For the first project, the company has created Matsukoroid, a life-size humanoid robot modeled on Matsuko Deluxe, a popular plus-sized cross-dressing TV star. The robot was ...

Dec 3, 2014

Hawking warns AI 'could spell end of human race'

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the development of artificial intelligence could mean the end of humanity. In an interview with the BBC, he said such technology could rapidly evolve and overtake mankind, a scenario like that envisaged in the “Terminator” movies. ...