Japan’s Prime Minister Abe wants a robot replacement

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PM Abe wants a ‘robot speaker’ to stand in for him during Diet debates
Mainichi Japan | March 2, 2016
at a dinner at the prime minister’s official residence on March 1, Abe apparently said he wanted the robotic proxy as he looked back on the budget deliberations, after the recent test run of a self-driving taxi came up in conversation...more

 

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Interestingly back in July of 2015 (ibtimes.co.in), China anticipated this robot need and already offered a robo-replacement Prime Minister Abe as you can see on the left and below in this youtube news video…robot-abe-youtube
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A few of our many previous reports of replacements for Japanese include:

 



 


The real winner of today’s Tokyo Marathon

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Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa may have won today’s Tokyo Marathon in a late breakaway in the last 2km (Japan Times), but the real winner of today was the bomb-bot, the Kanibasami (kanibasami lit. “Crab Scissors”).

 
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Tokyo Marathon’s explosive ordnance disposal vehicle,“Kanibasami”
Tokyo Sports (in Japanese) February 27, 2016
The specialty vehicle is be dispatched to investigate suspicious objects…and deal with explosives as part of the counter-terrorism efforts of the Tokyo Marathon Foundation…The vehicle that has the two arms with crab-like claws (“scissors”) and it is designed to remove explosives while to withstanding an explosive impactblah, blah, blah

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Actually, Tokyo is full of emergency robots (that are never ever used) such as the ROBO-Q rescue robot (3Yen 2007-03-16)
rescue robot used by the Tokyo Fire Department.

 
And related to the ROBO-Q is the Great Dummy disaster of 2011 (3Yen 2011-01-18)
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Then there is the Hyper Rescue Robot “T-53 Enryu” (3Yen 2009-07-04)
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Also check out the fairy-full Hyper Rescue Squad No.1 >(3Yen 2011-03-25 )
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Continuing the Japanese tradition of robots nobody needs

In the tradition of Japanese robots that nobody needs, Nissan has created self-parking, robotic, desk chairs.

Robot Nursing Bear Nissan’s “INTELLIGENT PARKING CHAIR” continues in the long line of useless Japanese robots like this Robo-teddy
that wants to sweep you off your feet and cuddle.

Other Japanese crap-bots include:

 



 

Robot contemplation

“Pepper” humanoid robots contemplate their life in Japan Inc.

The above sad photo of Japan’s Softbank’s “Pepper” robots was taken at the 2015 International Robot Exhibition. The four-day event in Tokyo presents the newest robots from over 450 companies and organizations.

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Our previous reports of sad-sack Japanese robots include:

 
 


‘Robo-taxis’ are coming to a Japanese beach town

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Automatic driving “robot taxi” is coming to a town near you in Japan.
国家戦略特区で自動運転の実験小泉進次郎氏「できるとこからガンガンやる」—Yuri Kageyama on Twitter Oct. 2, 2015

 

 
japan-robot-taxiMONOist / 2015-Oct-2 (ç)
Automatic-driving technologies for “taxi robots” are coming to a town near you in Japan. The government has decided on national strategic zones for self-driving taxisThe first zone will in Kanagawa Prefecture just outside Yokohama in the city of Fujisawa. Plans are for passenger tests on about 3km of the main road of the beach district of the Shonan shoreline
in these tests “robot taxis” will drive autonomously but there will be a human driver that can manually override the robot’s system for safety.
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UPDATE
Here’s a new article in English with more/better details than goofy Google Translate.
Quartz (2015-Oct-2): Japan is experimenting with driverless, robot taxis

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Previous hi-tech taxi reports on the 3Yen include:

 


Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force’s new bipedal armored combat robot

little-gsf-robot_ani left_super long-quotebar 24x360Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force has unveiled its new, autonomous, bipedal walking-type armored combat robot that has been under development for some time.
The unveiling took place at the High Technical School (HTS) of Camp Takeyama. The grabbing the interest of students and for recruiting future candidates for Japan Self-Defense Forces was assured by the use of high-fashion camouflage patterns.
—goofy Google Translate


4_shot_gsf-robot武山駐屯地高等工科学校にて、陸上自衛隊が開発中の二足歩行式装甲戦闘車両がお披露目された。 子供達の心をがっしり鷲掴みで、自衛隊志願希望者も確保した模様. — イチロー・D・羽田@宿毛湾泊地 (@RJTT_HND_Tokyo) September 27, 2015

 

A few of the many other reports about J-bots on the 3Yen include:

 


Softbank Japan’s contractual obligations for ROBO-SEX

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.”

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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:

 


WELCOME TO OUR ROBOT OVERLORDS … (not)

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Question posed on reddit:

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?
 

My answer:
┏[-_-]┛ 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:

 


Robot samba parade…in Tokyo of course

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Shinjuku district’s famed “Robot Restaurant” (3Yen 2015-02-05), (3Yen 2012-07-28) had a huge presence at the Tokyo’s 35th annual “Asakusa Samba Carnival,” which of course is held on the last weekend of August—perfect time for “carnival” in Japanese thinking.

Also view video the samba parade taken from several other vantage points in our Comments section.
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Doraemon in chains!

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When Japan’s Foreign Ministry appointed the beloved character Doraemon as an “anime ambassador” to the world in 2008 (Wiki), I doubt he was thinking that he would end up being chained in front of a shopping center in China. Doraemon volume 1 cover
I also doubt that the Japanese Foreign Ministry would have thought harmless Doraemon would become persona non grata in China since he is, on a mission to corrupt the China’s youth (theguardian.com).″

A few of the many previous reports about Doraemon on the 3Yen include: