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?

Thoughts?

Scientists from the University of Cambridge Build a Robotic ‘Mother’ – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leading Chinese paper, People’s Daily reports that scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a mother robot that independently builds its own baby robots and then tests their performances to inform the future design.

Source: Scientists from the University of Cambridge Build a Robotic ‘Mother’ – People’s Daily Online

This is a fascinating article but it’s even more interesting that it’s published in the People’s Daily rather than a British newspaper. Perhaps, it shows something about the newspapers’ relative priorities and interest of their rederships?

Thoughts?