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THIS WEEK'S DISPATCH: Square mobile payment comes to Japan, super-green Kitakyushu & UNIDO join, Japanese research groups are Joining the European Human Brain Project, and some really unfortunate and sad news in the world of humanoid robotics.
Gangly, multi-jointed arms aren't going to cut it - we need humanoid robots in space. Robonaut2 is currently the only one up there (props, NASA), but there are others in the works, and they're getting good - let's check in.
Today's Dispatch: JTTF Returns! We got Japanese dudes (allegedly) keeping hold of their dumbphones for nefariousness, and more economic stimulus for Japan which will totally work long as they don't spend it in a Japanese way (the Sony metaphor...
With quantum mechanics, pixelation of the universe, and some supremely annoying probability, seems reality might be a computer simulation, and God might be an intensely needy supermind playing the latest release of "Semi-Conscious Hairless Primates."...
These six teams, unique in that they've developed their own machines and software, will be competing with the 7 winners from the Virtual Robotics Challenge (who'll get an ATLAS robot), and a yet to be determined number from Track D.
Everybody knows Japan is awesome at robots, but younger generations might be missing the practical, hands-on, mechanical education that enabled their forebears to create awesome robots and automation processes. Enter Robot Summer School!
THIS WEEK'S DISPATCH: JAXA & the ESA taking NASA stuff into space, Japan likes Apple's patents better than Samsung's, Toyota and Tesla made an electric baby RAV4, and the guy who invented DRAM got a Japanese medal and $500 Gs!
Today's Dispatch: The Japanese "Smart Cities" initiative ramps up, a robot that shoots dry ice to clean up radiation, and a Japanese powder that cleans water in Tanzania (that last bit doubles as an opportunity to deride hippies, too - value added!).
Talking about machine morality is basically picking apart whether or not we'll someday have to be nice to self-aware machines or demand that they be nice to us. Impossible? No, stupid. Guaranteed? No, stupid. Good idea to be prepared just in case? Damn right.
Today's Dispatch: The goofiest anti-facial recognition tech out there that's "required," if you're in a spy agency or superbly paranoid, and an update on the trials and tribulations of the 787 Dreamliner's Japanese-made batteries.
Japan's got the best robot exoskeletons, and the best among them is Cyberdyne's HAL. But there's a new Power Loader in town, and HAL better stay on it's game - which is also presented here as a wildly generalizing analogy for Japan's floppy electronics industry.
Bringing the technosnark in 2013 with DARPA robot fanboyism, digital media revolutionizing entertainment, repatriating 1st-world manufacturing, apps for the super internet, the launch of Japan-Based Anthrobotic Services - Research & Multimedia, and...
The U.S. Navy has retired the world's first nuclear-power aircraft carrier after 51 years, and the first unmanned carrier-launched military drone is getting ready to enlist. Awesome technologies - glad we can do that.