report to your humanoid supervisor

Yesterday’s Washington Post ran an article that I found interesting on the rapid acceptance of the humanoid robot in Japan. As I’m in the middle of a little project right now, I don’t have a lot of time to wax paranoid, but here’s a clip:

Though perhaps years away in the United States, this long-awaited, as-seen-on-TV world — think “The Jetsons” or “Blade Runner” — is already unfolding in Japan, with robots now used as receptionists, night watchmen, hospital workers, guides, pets and more. The onslaught of new robots led the government last month to establish a committee to draw up safety guidelines for the keeping of robots in homes and offices. Officials compiled a report in January predicting that every household in Japan will own at least one robot by 2015, perhaps sooner.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted March 12, 2005 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I comfortable enough in my humanness to be OK with this. But Imagine people like my dad who still call Hondas “Furrin jobbies”

  2. mark
    Posted March 13, 2005 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    And, knowing the Japanese, there has to be some kind of sexual component.

  3. chris
    Posted March 15, 2005 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Not to mention its ability to dispense soy sauce from its head AND convince your cat to finally off itself.

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