Japan continues to surprise

Japan continues to surprise

After constructing the train that broke the breathtaking world train speed record, Japan is very serious about the idea about replacing people on routine jobs by robots.

After constructing the train that broke the breathtaking world train speed record, Japan is very serious about the idea about replacing people on routine jobs by robots.

A factory robot is constructing cars

A factory robot is constructing cars

Japan is very interested in robotic force because of the rapid reduction of the man work force. Though Japan has the highest values of the lifetime, its population is aging faster than the others, and that leads to reduction of the work force. It is expected that the population of Japan will decrease to 100 million people in 2050, and in 2100 it will lower down even more, to 64 million.

Recently, many institutions started testing robots on different positions to fill the gap that has appeared due to the population decrease. Earlier, when robots weren’t much human-like, they were used mostly in production sphere. Now, when the technical progress made a giant leap forward, and robots became more like humans, many businesses became interested in making robots as a part of their staff.

One of the first human-like robots, ASIMO from Honda

One of the first human-like robots, ASIMO from Honda

Nowadays you can meet robots in the most unexpected places like banks or stores. And soon robots are expected to appear in hotels.

The Tokyo Mitsukoshi Department store is also equipped by the greeter-robot, dressed in traditional Japanese kimono. It’s name is Chihira and it was created by Toshiba. It has 43 motors that allow Chihira to move, sing or speak in a sign language. Though it is almost a technical miracle, it is far from being perfect, and there is still a lot of work to do, to make Chihira perfect.

The first robot-greeter, Chihira

The first robot-greeter, Chihira

Meanwhile, the usual greeter says that she isn’t worried about losing her job, because she owns that little something that robots won’t soon get.

I’m able to speak to people

– said Ayako Seiryu, the current greeter in the Store.

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