Softbank, Baidu units tie up to bring autonomous buses to Japan english.kyodonews.net

A subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. and a Japan unit of China's internet search giant Baidu Inc. said Wednesday they have tied up to tap into the Japanese self-driving bus market.

Under the agreemen…

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The Japanese Calendar’s Y2K Moment blogs.msdn.microsoft.com

The Windows 10 Spring Release includes a placeholder for the era expected to begin on 1 May, 2019. That information is in a registry key that can be removed or edited in the event that a system's so…

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Honda developing successor to ASIMO robot for more practical use english.kyodonews.net

Honda Motor Co. is developing a successor to its ASIMO humanoid robot, which can walk on two legs, to use for more practical purposes such as nursing care, a company official said Thursday.

"We will …

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Japan's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft reaches cosmic 'diamond' www.bbc.com

A Japanese spacecraft has arrived at its target - an asteroid shaped like a diamond or, according to some, a spinning top.

Hayabusa 2 has been travelling toward the space rock Ryugu since launching f…

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Anime ‘virtual YouTube hosts’ are a thing, and Gree’s using VR to make them venturebeat.com

If you haven’t heard of “virtual YouTubers” or VTubers, you’re not alone: the recent Japanese trend turns human actors into cartoony virtual characters for YouTube videos. Now Japanese gaming and med…

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Flying Dragon Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps spectrum.ieee.org

At JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo, roboticists have developed a robot called DRAGON, which (obviously) stands for for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-free…

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Japan Approves Revolutionary Stem Cell Technique to Treat Heart Disease interestingengineering.com

Japanese medical researchers just gained approval to treat patients with heart disease through a unique stem cell process. The technique is called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells -- stems cells …

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This Japanese AI Startup Aims to Teach Factory Robots to Think www.bloomberg.com

Japan’s Preferred Networks Inc. has only one publicly available product, a whimsical application that uses artificial intelligence to automate the coloring of manga cartoons.

Yet the four-year-old fi…

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Abundant water likely to exist under ‘moon rabbit,’ Japanese research team says www.japantimes.co.jp

Abundant water is highly likely to exist in the form of ice under Oceanus Procellarum, a lunar mare known as “moon rabbit” in Japan, a Japanese research team has said.

Although it was long thought th…

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Disrupting Japan 120: This Startup Just Built Japan’s Most Powerful Supercomputer www.disruptingjapan.com

Preferred Networks is making changes in Japan.

Over the past few years, this AI startup has raised more than $130M in venture funding and grown to more than 130 people.

If you live outside of Japan, …

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