Japan Gears Up to Become a Full-On Robot Nation

Japan Gears Up to Become a Full-On Robot Nation

If you’ve noticed an unusually large number of utilitarian humanoids hailing from Japan in the last few years, then you probably won’t be surprised to hear about the country’s official robot initiative. Right now, Japan is in the midst of executing a grand plan to make robots an integrated part of everyday life. To compensate for the shortage of young workers willing to do menial tasks, the Japan Robot Association, the government, and several technology institutions drafted a formal plan to create a society in which robots live side by side with humans by the year 2010. Since 2010 is just a couple years away, I called up a roboticist at the forefront of this movement to find out how it’s going.

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