Jul 28, 2015

Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots'

A group of leading tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, issued a stern warning Tuesday against the development of so-called killer robots. Autonomous weapons, which use artificial intelligence to select targets without human intervention, have been described as ...

Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

Jul 24, 2015

Showroom offers taste of what living with a robot will be like

What will it be like living with a humanoid robot that can read human emotions and exchange conversations with them? SoftBank Group Corp. began displaying its popular Pepper robots at a house-viewing event in Osaka on Friday to give visitors a taste of such ...

Honda to start leasing walking assistance device

Jul 22, 2015

Honda to start leasing walking assistance device

Honda Motor Co. will start lease sales in November of its Honda Walking Assist Device for use in mobility rehabilitation at hospitals and other facilities in Japan. The 2.7-kg device, which is worn on the waist and thighs, helps to lift the user’s knees ...

Mizuho introduces SoftBank's Pepper robot to Tokyo bank branch

Jul 17, 2015

Mizuho introduces SoftBank's Pepper robot to Tokyo bank branch

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. introduced SoftBank Group Corp.’s Pepper robot to its flagship branch in central Tokyo on Friday. The 121-cm-tall humanoid will entertain customers with games and multimedia and provide basic information on products. The bank plans to add its robot employee to ...

Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

Jul 8, 2015

Japan accepts U.S. robot duel challenge

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Japan’s mega-robot creator is up for a battle of the bots after being challenged by a rival maker of the behemoths in the United States. Suidobashi Heavy Industry founder Kogoro Kurata accepted a challenge Monday to partake in a robot brawl proposed by U.S. ...