Japan’s labor-scarce building sites automating, turning to robots, drones www.japantimes.co.jp

Construction sites in Japan are enjoying a wave of automation amid an increasing shortage of laborers, with the introduction of robots to do heavy lifting and drones that instantly collect aerial d...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 months ago | 2 comments


Japan takes a big step toward widespread drone delivery service www.theverge.com

Japan, perhaps more than any nation on Earth, has a deep history with autonomous drones. Its companies have been using them for decades to assist with agriculture, infrastructure inspection, and co...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 months, 1 week ago | 1 comment


NTT's VR technology aims to impress at Tokyo Olympics www.asahi.com

Suppose that tennis superstar Kei Nishikori serves to you in virtual reality, or a 3-D image of Mashu Baker, a Rio Olympic gold medalist in judo, appears like magic on a stage and powers into actio...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 months, 2 weeks ago | 1 comment


This Factory Robot Learns a New Job Overnight www.technologyreview.com

Inside a modest-looking office building in Tokyo lives an unusually clever industrial robot made by the Japanese company Fanuc. Give the robot a task, like picking widgets out of one box and puttin...

posted by  Yubi | 7 months, 2 weeks ago | 3 comments


With a Siri rival and a holographic girlfriend, Line makes a big AI push www.techinasia.com

Messaging app Line is set to make a big push into AI, later this year rolling out a Siri-esque voice assistant and an Amazon Alexa-style smart speaker, the Japanese company announced yesterday at M...

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Japanese scholars issue ethical guidelines on AI www3.nhk.or.jp

NHK has learned that a group of Japanese researchers has for the first time drawn up ethical guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence.

The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, com...

posted by  Yubi | 7 months, 3 weeks ago | 0 comments


Robot Throwdown Robo-One To Be Held at Kobe's Youth Science Museum Beginning on Feb. 25 otakumode.com

Science hasn’t quite progressed to the point where we can view large-scale mechas pummeling each other in a special colosseum...but we do have the next best thing! Misumi Group, a robot manufacturi...

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Japan trials drones to save lives during natural disasters www.cnet.com

With Japan's track record of natural disasters, the country is understandably always on the lookout for ways to better prepare itself.

Japan is now looking to the skies, working to develop drones t...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 8 months ago | 1 comment


Fukushima robot's camera fails, suspending operations www.japantimes.co.jp

There is a huge problem with using robots inside the contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant. High radiation causes breakdowns in the robots' camera systems. While other parts of a robot can be covere...

posted by  Yubi | 8 months, 1 week ago | 0 comments

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