Laundry-folding robot unveiled at Tokyo trade fair | The Japan Times

Shadow Dexterous Robot Hand holding a lightbulb

Shadow Dexterous Robot Hand holding a lightbulb (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Japan Times reports that in a move that takes advantage of image recognition and robotics technologies, a Tokyo-based company is showcasing an unusual home appliance at the CEATEC – it’s a laundry folding robot.

Source: Laundry-folding robot unveiled at Tokyo trade fair | The Japan Times

Rebotics is here to stay and will increasingly replace labour intensive tasks.

Meanwhile, the International Labour Organization reports a bleak outlook for youth unemployment. 

Responsible governments must encourage greater deployment of robotics to increase productivity. But at the same time, governments must deal with the trend of fewer traditional jobs. Surely part of the answer is to encourage micro-businesses with suitable training and fiscal inducements?


Opinion – Countries could boost their GDP by 5-20% if women were treated equally with work and pay – the Economist – John Gelmini

What happens in India is an affront, in that some people have billions whilst others starve or have too little to eat and the Indian Government makes very little attempt to address the problem in a meaningful way despite Modi strutting about on the world stage.

There is a growing problem in the world with income inequality in its own right and this will worsen with automation, AI, nanotechnology, robotics and self replicating machines.

This will start in 2019, when AI overtakes human intelligence and we move into the age of cybernetics and implanted expert systems, modelled on the “Matrix style jump programme” featured in the original film and Matrix Revolutions.

Governments the world over need to be planning for this eventuality now for woman and, of course, for blue-collar males who as yet lack the skills to become self-sufficient owners of micro businesses.

John Gelmini


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