Humanoids in Japan

Honda Robots Pair Up to Lend a Hand --  "'By the end of 2010s, we'd like to see these robots working at every street corner of the city,' said Tomohiko Kawanabe of Honda's Fundamental Technology Research Center." -- Associated Press

Humm. Interesting. I wonder if these guys have an operating system inside? There must be more than a little software running what is being called "one of the world's most advanced humanoids" right? And I wonder why the Japanese are leading in this area of technology?
Comments:

Big population decline... robots to replace the people? ;-)

Posted by Jon Ellis on December 12, 2007 at 09:27 AM JST #

I wonder if your daughter will hang out with her robot "friend".

What's that rustling noise in the wind? Oh, just Isaac Asimov's ashes doing cartwheels in the cold wind.

Posted by Chris Mahan on December 12, 2007 at 10:01 AM JST #

i think the weird part will come when we hire robots to work for us at work... imagine hiring an engineer robot to replace you at Sun... wow!!!

Posted by idot60 on December 14, 2007 at 07:38 AM JST #

I have heard that the widening population gap in age is a large contributing factor to it.

I have nothing to base it on, but I have always felt that at least in America, innovation at that scale is hindered by the lack of maximizing profits, without looking at the cultural value (and externalities) of such an undertaking.

Of course it will only take one VC or executive to see that robots on street corners can have advertisements on them to jump on board.

Posted by maiki on December 17, 2007 at 02:39 AM JST #

Post a Comment:
Comments are closed for this entry.
About


Search

Archives
« April 2014
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
   
       
Today
Bookmarks

No bookmarks in folder