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Robo-Chefs and Fashion-Bots On Show In Tokyo

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the someone-will-need-to-nurse-the-elderly dept.

Japan 35

avishere writes "The International Robot Exhibition kicked off this week in Tokyo, unveiling the latest whirring and buzzing inventions from 192 companies and 64 organizations from at home and abroad — and bringing humanity another step closer to irrelevance. Among the humanoid cavalcade was a prototype robo-chef, showing off its cooking and cutting skills, along with robots to play with your children, model clothes, and search for disaster victims. There was also one made almost exclusively of cardboard. The exhibition — which opened with a human-like robot called Nextage cutting the ribbon — runs until Saturday."

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however, it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30244110)

...does not bork.

Robotic games (2, Informative)

st0nes (1120305) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244130)

These guys are there. This thing is really ice-cool. http://www.roboni-i.com/ [roboni-i.com]

Re:Robotic games (3, Insightful)

Kagetsuki (1620613) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244468)

Two ways that could go: 1. holiday sales hit leading the company to a temporary jump in sales, then an extended period of poor sales ending in purchase of company assets and dissolution by a major toy company. 2. Immediate and total crushing failure.

I'm really not trying to be too negative, the robot itself doesn't seem bad... but they don't really show any of that autonomous navigation they claim and what they do show is an uninteresting looking on-line game and a few remote-control games that have been done before; RC laser tag and RC obstacle course/ball carrying games. I owned a set of laser tag "tanks" as a kid and they were great if you had enough cardboard to make a little battlezone style world in your room, but they were also probably a third the size of these things.

Most disturbing robot (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244146)

This one gives me the horrors [pinktentacle.com]. Its something about they way she is flicking her left finger. I wonder what it is for?

Re:Most disturbing robot (2, Funny)

spintriae (958955) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244464)

I'm more curious as to what those mammaries are for.

Re:Most disturbing robot (3, Funny)

Mark_in_Brazil (537925) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244548)

GP:

[pinktentacle.com]. Its something about they way she is flicking her left finger. I wonder what it is for?

PP:

I'm more curious as to what those mammaries are for.

Those are the robot's eyes. Scientists have found that men will make better eye contact with the robot that way, which facilitates reading their facial expressions.

Re:Most disturbing robot (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244644)

Well, it says “RAMeX”, so my guess is that it’s a machine that cuts your dick off when you “ram” her. :P

Yes, I will go out tonight, don’t worry! ^^

Do not confuse (1)

dylan_- (1661) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244232)

...showing off its cooking and cutting skills, along with robots to play with your children...

Not the best choice of sentence structure there.

Re:Do not confuse (3, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244250)

...showing off its cooking and cutting skills, along with robots to play with your children...

Not the best choice of sentence structure there.

Its a good idea to be wary of AIs with built in process optimisation.

Re:Do not confuse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30245234)

You just program it to identify meat for cutting and cooking as meat that isn't moving. That should solve the problem.

Re:Do not confuse (1)

Quackers_McDuck (1367183) | more than 4 years ago | (#30247018)

You just program it to identify meat for cutting and cooking as meat that isn't moving. That should solve the problem.

So only cook sleeping children?

192 companies and 64 organisations (0)

ickleberry (864871) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244522)

do they choose these numbers for a reason?

Re:192 companies and 64 organisations (2, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30244526)

do they choose these numbers for a reason?

Robots would. Just like we would choose 100 companies and 10 organisations.

Re:192 companies and 64 organisations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30244542)

do they choose these numbers for a reason?

Yeah, space and number of booths available in the congress hall.

Since the Japanese won't reproduce themselves... (0)

Dr_Ken (1163339) | more than 4 years ago | (#30245482)

...or allow any immigration (even of overseas ethnic Japanese) this about the only way that they can survive the population loss. Funny and sad at the same time.

Re:Since the Japanese won't reproduce themselves.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30246518)

won't this accelerate the population loss?

Re:Since the Japanese won't reproduce themselves.. (1)

stranger_to_himself (1132241) | more than 4 years ago | (#30246860)

...or allow any immigration (even of overseas ethnic Japanese) this about the only way that they can survive the population loss. Funny and sad at the same time.

They could add to their population the old-fashioned way..

Re:Since the Japanese won't reproduce themselves.. (1)

Dr_Ken (1163339) | more than 4 years ago | (#30246892)

Well yes they could, but the point is that they haven't.

Re:Since the Japanese won't reproduce themselves.. (1)

atomic777 (860023) | more than 4 years ago | (#30248592)

It's perfectly sensible. There are 130m Japanese crowded onto an island the size of California, highly-dependent on raw materials and food from outside which must be protected by an outside force (the US) they resent but can do nothing about.

The reduction of the population will increase the living standard of the remaining Japanese, and the investment into robotics and automation will make the transition to a smaller population easier while keeping the country on the cutting edge of technology.

Re:Since the Japanese won't reproduce themselves.. (1)

Dr_Ken (1163339) | more than 4 years ago | (#30249480)

Maybe not. They've got a huge population bulge of elderly that are going to need lots of resources and while automation can do some of the production they don't pay any taxes. And so there's the rub.

Robot Chef (1)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 4 years ago | (#30245792)

The first thing that came to mind was this [youtube.com].
I expect that in practice the robots at the show were almost as sophisticated.
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