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Honda Riding Assist

In a global debut at CES, Honda unveiled its Riding Assist technology, which leverages Honda’s robotics technology to create a self-balancing motorcycl
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Our Favorite Compact Camera, Sony's RX100, Gets a Refresh

Our Favorite Compact Camera, Sony's RX100, Gets a Refresh | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
If you need the fastest-focusing compact camera around, look no further than the new Sony RX100 V.
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Meet Sharp's Corner R Concept: A Smartphone With Curved-Edge Display, Tiny Bezel

Meet Sharp's Corner R Concept: A Smartphone With Curved-Edge Display, Tiny Bezel | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Sharp recently showcased a concept smartphone that features a sleek design and a bezel-less front side. Meet Corner R, a handset that could set the pace for the curved display devices of the future.
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Infiniti's variable-compression engine offers diesel efficiency with petrol power - Roadshow

Infiniti's variable-compression engine offers diesel efficiency with petrol power - Roadshow | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
The company claims it's production ready, but it's not slated to appear in any production car just yet.
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Nissan réinvente le moteur à combustion

Nissan réinvente le moteur à combustion | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Nissan affirme qu’en plus d’être puissant, son moteur VC-T (Variable Compression Turbo) à quatre cylindres offre l’économie d’un moteur au diesel.
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Prehistoric Japanese graves provide best evidence yet that dogs were our ancient hunting companions

Prehistoric Japanese graves provide best evidence yet that dogs were our ancient hunting companions | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Study shows hunting cultures treated their dogs with reverence
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Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 staff with AI - BBC News

Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 staff with AI - BBC News | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Science fiction has long imagined a future in which humans are ousted from their jobs by machines.

For 34 staff at a Japanese insurance firm, that vision just became a reality.

Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is laying off the employees and replacing them with an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can calculate insurance payouts.

The firm believes it will increase productivity by 30%.

It expects to save around 140m yen (£979,500 / $1.2m) a year in salaries after the 200m yen AI system is installed later this month.

Maintenance of the set-up is expected to cost about 15m yen annually.

Japan's Mainichi reports that the system is based on IBM Japan Ltd's Watson, which IBM calls a "cognitive technology that can think like a human".

IBM says it can "analyze and interpret all of your data, including unstructured text, images, audio and video".

Fukoku Mutual will use the AI to gather the information needed for policyholders' payouts - by reading medical certificates, and data on surgeries or hospital stays.

According to The Mainichi, three other Japanese insurance companies are considering adopting AI systems for work like finding the optimal cover plan for customers.

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Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
A Japanese biologist was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for elucidating how the body’s cells deal with and recycle waste, a discovery that has paved the way for research on treatment for neurological and other diseases.
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Toyota's Kirobo Mini companion robot goes on sale for $400 next year

Toyota's Kirobo Mini companion robot goes on sale for $400 next year | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
If you're tired of lonely drives and pine for a 10cm-tall companion that could sit in your Prius' cup holder, well, does Toyota ever have the product for you. The world's biggest car compan
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Lexus UX : le concept-car de luxe à l'incroyable intérieur futuriste

Lexus UX : le concept-car de luxe à l'incroyable intérieur futuriste | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Pour le groupe Toyota, les écrans façon tablettes sont déjà dépassés. Les caméras remplacent les rétroviseurs et des systèmes d’affichage 3D utilisant des hologrammes font leur apparition. Une première. 
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Panasonic's transparent TV disappears with a wave of your hand

Panasonic's transparent TV disappears with a wave of your hand | Japanese Science & Technology News | Scoop.it
Panasonic's transparent TV disappears with a wave of your hand
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