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ROBOTICS

Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 28, 2022
Saving the bees isn’t the same as saving the planet
Mother Nature spent millions of years creating the most efficient pollinator on the planet. We owe it to the bees to save them.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 29, 2022
Robots are key to winning the productivity war
While machines do replace specific jobs, their adoption boosts salaries and raises living standards.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 26, 2022
Implementation, not innovation, is the key to economic success
Innovation has been the main driver of long-term economic growth since the Industrial Revolution. But in today's day and age, diffusion of new technologies separates winners from losers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 18, 2022
Japanese firm donates smart masks to Ukrainian evacuees
Capable of translating into 100 different languages, the masks were provided to Ukrainians for better communication with locals in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 26, 2022
Japanese robot can peel bananas cleanly, most of the time
Video from researchers at the University of Tokyo showed the robot pick up and peel a banana with both hands in about three minutes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jan 24, 2022
China’s ‘little giants’ are its latest weapon in tech war with U.S.
An ambitious government program aims to foster a new generation of startups that can compete with Silicon Valley by targeting sectors such as robotics, quantum computing and semiconductors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 9, 2021
'Robotaxis' roaming around Yokohama are winning over unlikely fans
Regulations and the need for further technology improvements mean a full-scale launch is still some years away, however.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 7, 2021
Experimental AI tech lending a helping hand to fruit producers in Japan
Machines are providing farmers with information on the best time for fruit to be harvested, based on data from photographs.
Japan Times
CULTURE
Aug 24, 2021
Are you ready for sentient Disney robots?
The Magic Kingdom knows the nostalgia of herky-jerky animatronics wonu2019t cut it with todayu2019s children.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 9, 2020
PlayStation inventor starts new career making robots for no pay
Ken Kutaragi, 70, wants to make affordable robots that can safely move around and do physical work alongside humans in factories and logistics centers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 22, 2020
Japan's robots fill the void as social distancing becomes the norm
Robots are being deployed in various roles, helping to navigate awkward social distancing issues.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 8, 2020
Remote-controlled robots to join FamilyMart’s workforce this summer
Created by Tokyo-based robotics firm Telexistence, FamilyMart workers will be able to control the robots from afar to help stock shelves.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jun 27, 2020
Japanese startup creates 'connected' face mask for coronavirus new normal
As face coverings become the norm amid the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an internet-connected "smart mask" that can transmit messages and translate from Japanese into eight other languages.
BUSINESS / Tech
Nov 20, 2019
Robotics investments help SoftBank create Roomba rival Whiz
SoftBank Group Corp. has put billions of dollars into a laser-based technology that could allow cars to drive themselves and help astronauts land on distant planets. It turns out that same technology makes a pretty good vacuum cleaner.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Aug 5, 2019
Israeli army in no rush to go fully robotic as it puts sealed tanks through their paces
Israel, a world leader in hi-tech, is around 30 years away from its ambition of deploying robot forces, and for now will chose between three prototypes of semi-automated armored vehicles to cocoon its troops in battle, defense officials said on Sunday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 11, 2019
Walmart workers strike over retailer's robot push in Chile
Walmart Inc. is facing a strike by thousands of workers in South America amid the retail giant's push to increase automation at its physical stores.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 24, 2019
Laundry-phobics' dreams crushed as Tokyo-based developer of Laundroid robot files for bankruptcy
When Seven Dreamers Laboratories Inc. unveiled its prototype laundry-folding robot in 2015, it generated a buzz, with people saying they couldn't wait to buy one if it ever went to market.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 16, 2019
Robot overlords wouldn't be the worst
They can't match humanity's malice and greed.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / LAW OF THE LAND
Mar 6, 2019
Robot rights: From Asimov to Tezuka
Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" are fictional rules, so why do we keep looking to them for guidance? The closest thing to real-world robot law we could have more seems likely to develop around the question of when autonomous military drones can make "kill" decisions without human intervention.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 7, 2019
Long-distance laundry: Japanese startup unveils remote-controlled robot that deals with your dirties
In a few years, perhaps for some the most dreaded household chore may be taken over by robots.

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