Robots a useful stand-in for jittery Japanese spouse hunters
Smooth talking is an important part of finding a prospective marriage partner. However, many Japanese are said to lack confidence in their conversational abilities. What if you could get someone to do the talking for you? Or, perhaps, a robot?
Tepco to deploy robot for first contact with melted fuel from Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster
The owner of the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 power plant is trying this week to touch melted fuel at the bottom of the plant for the first time since the disaster almost eight years ago, a tiny but key step toward retrieving the radioactive material amid a ¥21.5 trillion ($195 billion) cleanup effort.
‘Smart farming’ plows ahead
“Smart farming,” which brings together cutting-edge robotics and artificial intelligence, could hold the key to an agricultural resurgence in a nation of graying farmers and workers reluctant to toil in soil.