In the 2015 Solar Challenge race, the photo below shows solar-powered car of Tokai University Japan, the Tokai Challenger, passes through Karlu Karlu (The Devil’s Testicles) as it runs in the yearly international competition.
Right now, the Tokai Challenger is in third place—Follow the race at the official website: worldsolarchallenge.org/dashboard/map
Since Softbank “Pepper” robot costs* 198,000 yen ($1,654 USD) to purchase and then the owner has to then pay another 24,600 yen ($206 USD) per month for the service contract, the bitchin’ bot better do a lot more than just, “shaking its hips and moan.”
No sex please, we’re robots!
Buyers of hit new ‘emotional robot’ Pepper to sign contract vowing it won’t be used for sex
DAILY MAIL | 22 September 2015
…Japan-based SoftBank included a clause in the ownership contract which said using the robot for ‘the purpose of sexual or indecent behavior’ breaks this rental agreement…Computer pranksters have already reprogrammed the iPad hanging from its neck to give Pepper ‘virtual breasts’ which makes it shake its hips and moan when touched..more…
Previously the 3Yen has reported on Japanese robosex including:
- Japan’s fembots forced to sing for their supper (3Yen / 2010-10-15)
- Wanking automation (3Yen / 2007-08-01)
- I know you want one ↓ (3Yen / 2011-07-01 )
I was wondering automation and its effects on the workforce. Given that Hitachi has now introduced the first AI managers. Will automation change “employment” as we know it in the coming years?
┏[-_-]┛ WELCOME TO OUR ROBOT OVERLORDS ┗[-_-]┓(not)
The AI [artificial intelligence] of those “AI managers” does not mean they are bosses. The so-called “AI managers” are just software schedulers of logistics tasks using some AI. All major shipping companies have been using such software for years—the same for taxi companies, auto parts warehouses, and gambling casino management.
According to Hitachi’s press release (2015-09-15), the company is just trying to smooth out allocation production resources using better scheduling and prediction of factory job orders. These are not robot “managers” bossing humans around—just fancy computer calendars tied into Excel spreadsheets, <yawn>.
By integrating artificial intelligence technology into Hitachi’s automation for logistics tasks, they were able to verify an 8% improvement in efficiency. Cool! However, that’s what Amazon.com, UPS, Walmart, and every supermarket chain has been doing for the past 20 years.
The key point is that Hitachi’s AI technology is trying predict glitches in their production and figure out whether improvements/keizen actually work together to boast production. For example, a 200% improvement in the Widget bolt tightening also must have a 200% improvement in the Widget locking washer placement and picking/fitting of bolts before they’re tightened.
Bottom line: Move along folks—Nothing to see here, yet.
Previous 3Yen reports on the myths of Japanese robotics include:
- ‘No-bot’ . . . the mo’ betta bot (3Yen / 2011-02-05)
- Japan hits a dead-end for robots (3Yen / 2010-07-17)
- Japan’s low-tech life (BBC quotes the 3Yen!) (3Yen / 2010-07-15)
“Wanky,” long-time reader of the 3Yen, just sent in this jammin’ gem of Japan…
boingboing.net | Aug 28, 2015
Previous “jamming” Japan reports on the 3Yen include:
- Fembot fame, from Japan of course (3Yen / 2012-06-01)
- Wanker Expo ↓(3Yen / 2007-08-01)
- Japan’s 36 billion dollar wanker/otaku market (3Yen / 2005-10-06)
The bride wore white and the groom wore out his batteries: First robot wedding in Japan takes place and even ends with a kiss
• Frois and Yukirin wore traditional outfits for the event in Tokyo on Saturday
• Ceremony was organised by Maywa Denki*, who designed the groom Frois
Daily Mail Online | 28 June 2015
*The “Parallel-world electricians,” Maywa Denki, is Japan’s best “art unit” and they have been a favorite of the 3Yen.com for many years:
- Let’s Knock ‘n’ Roll! (3Yen / 2014-09-17)
- I sing the body electric (3Yen / 2007-08-03)
- My heroes ‘Maywa Denki’ in Paris (3Yen / 2005-07-18)
- Maywa Denki, the true spirit of Japan (3Yen / 2004-12-05)
Robotic Customer Service? In This Japanese Store, That’s the Point
Wall Street Journal / JRT blog / April 16, 2015
Toshiba Corp. will debut its humanoid robot at the information desk of an upscale department store in Tokyo…to provide audio guidance to customers…The robot’s appearance wasn’t modeled on any specific person but was designed to give a friendly impression at the Mitsukoshi department store in Nihonbashi, on Monday and Tuesday…more..
Previous reports of robot working girls on the 3Yen include:
- Will you be going to university with robots? (3Yen / 2014-03-02)
- Japanese robot twins (3Yen / 2011-11-04)
- Japan Inc admits their robots are crap (3Yen / 2009-08-05)
Always at the forefront of innovation, the beat-off brainiacs at Tenga are now offering the:
New Tenga “Vacuum Controller” fleshlight features converter for international sizes.
New Tenga "Vacuum Controller" fleshlight features converter for international sizes. https://t.co/8ZKanYb7eo pic.twitter.com/e9oQt9urpo— Ceiling Gallery (@tokyoscum) March 20, 2015
Previous reports of Japan’s high-tech Tenga on the 3Yen include:
• Tenga temptations are in the pocket
(3Yen / 2014-04-29)
• Japan beats off all to win the
‘Red Dot Award: Product Design 2012′
(3Yen / 2012-03-18)
• Japan ‘relief’ (3Yen / 2011-06-21)
• Transformer TENGA twisto (3Yen / 2011-09-21)
• Danny Choo waxes his dolphin (3Yen / 2010-07-17)
• Japan beats (off) all! (3Yen.com / 2008-05-30)
Japan’s new Segway-like electric tricycle, the “Ily-A,” has been unveiled this week. According to technologicvehicles.com the Ily-A can take several forms: a three-wheel seated scooter, a stand-up transporter, or a carrying basket for shopping in its minimized-mode.
Previous reports on the 3Yen of Japan reinventing the Segway include:
• Japan invents the Segway! (again) (3Yen / 2015-01-14)
• They see em rollin, they hatin’… (3Yen / 2010-05-16)
• Toyota invents the Segway! (3Yen / 2008-08-06)
• Toshiba invents the Segway (3Yen / 2006-11-14)
• Better than the Segway or ‘Jegway’ (3Yen / 2006-11-29)
• Time Magazine names Toyota’s i-unit™ ‘coolest’
(3Yen / 2005-11-17) ↘