Saturday, March 12, 2005

Robots on the Loose

Within 10 years, every household in Japan will have at least one robot. That food for thought comes courtesy of The Washington Post and a recent story on how Japan is turning more and more to robots as a way to alleviate a declining (and aging) population.

"In the quest for artificial intelligence, the United States is perhaps just as advanced as Japan. But analysts stress that the focus in the United States has been largely on military applications. By contrast, the Japanese government, academic institutions and major corporations are investing billions of dollars on consumer robots aimed at altering everyday life, leading to an earlier dawn of what many here call the 'age of the robot.'"

Perhaps it's no surprise to discover America's foray into robotics has focused on boosting military might. After all, we kick ass.

Anyway, read the whole story here. It's fascinating.

Oh, and for another view on Japanese robots .... there's always the Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"


At 2:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

STYX was right!!! I hope Dr.righteous. Does not take over the land and rid the world of rock and roll with his evil band of robots! Thank you Dennis De Young A.K.A Mr. Roboto of warning us of this back in the mid 80's. Help me Tommy Shaw your my only hope...
P.S. God bless Mr. Asimov

At 2:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. I did not read the articles yet just wanted to giggle at the Mr. Roboto refrence. I will read now and let you know.

At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first thought was, "Sweet! Where can I order my Cherry 2000?" Then I saw that even robotic chicks have tempers. Figures.

At 1:52 AM, Blogger j4r3d said...

Sweet! Sign me up, I want a robot! That Roomba just won't cut it anymore around here!


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