Karakuri ningyō: the world’s first robots

2020-06-29 Mon

Robots and Japan are practically synonymous. The Japanese government and some of its biggest corporations see the 21st century as one of ‘human co-existence with…

Noodle robot dishes out soba to hungry commuters

2020-03-30 Mon

In robot-loving Japan, automation is changing the landscape of everyday life. Robot shop clerks greet perusing customers, and automatons take latte orders. Lonely residents, on…

This android Buddha will lead you to satori

2020-03-27 Fri

Japan is a wondrous blend of old and new—a high-tech and simultaneously anachronistic society. In the middle of bustling metropolitan centers lie peaceful shrines and…

The Rise of Companion Robots in Japan

2019-12-17 Tue

Humans are social creatures, but what happens when their social networks break down? Depression, cognitive decline, cortisol imbalances, and so on, and so on [1]….