AI security system to be tested at 2017 Tokyo Marathon

An artificial intelligence (AI) based security system will be used for the first time at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon on Feb. 26, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

Although the AI system will only be use…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 years, 3 months ago | 4 comments

Japan's first passenger jet delayed by another 2 years

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. said Monday that it now doesn't expect to deliver the first plane until mid-2020. That's two years later than the previous schedule and the fifth time in less than eight yea…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 years, 3 months ago | 1 comment

Panasonic tests autonomous delivery robot HOSPI(R) at Narita Airport, hotel

Based on preprogrammed map information and using high performance sensors and advanced collision-avoidance algorithm, the robot can move about while staying aware of its surroundings, enabling it to …

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 years, 3 months ago | 1 comment

Japan Display battles Samsung's OLED with curved LCD screens

One of Apple's main screen suppliers, Japan Display Inc. (JDI), has revealed a 5.5-inch LCD smartphone screen that can be bent like OLED displays from Samsung and LG. While not quite as flexible and …

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 years, 3 months ago | 1 comment

Fukushima residents exposed to far less radiation than thought

Citizen science usually isn’t this personal. In 2011, roughly 65,000 Japanese citizens living near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant started measuring their own radiation exposure in…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 years, 3 months ago | 1 comment

Japanese military entices academics to break taboo

In 1950, Japan’s scientific community, chastened by the complicity of researchers in their nation’s disastrous military adventurism, took an extraordinary vow. “To preserve our integrity as scientist…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 years, 3 months ago | 0 comments

Japan launches first military communications satellite

Japan on Tuesday launched its first military communications satellite to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defence Forces as they reinforce an island chain stretching along the southern edge o…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 years, 3 months ago | 0 comments

Japan's Solar Boom Is Accelerating

The solar power boom in Japan accelerated dramatically last year, according to new data published last week by Japan’s Renewable Energy Institute.

Solar photovoltaics (PV) share of electricity produ…

posted by  Sergey | 7 years, 3 months ago | 0 comments

Porn Company Opens VR Rooms In Tokyo

Japan's most unfortunately named porn company Soft On Demand is offering virtual sexy time at its newly opened location in Tokyo's Akihabara.

The establishment's billboard states that Soft On Demand…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 years, 4 months ago | 2 comments

Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

Most of the attention around
automation focuses on how factory
robots and self-driving cars may
fundamentally change our workforce,
potentially eliminating millions of
jobs. But AI that can…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 7 years, 4 months ago | 1 comment


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