1. Steve says

    “The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.”

  2. Bill says

    The Japanese robotics industry is smoke and mirrors. During the Fukushima/ earthquake disaster they had to ask for American and European robots to be sent to Japan because they didn’t have capable robots.

  3. Smarter than you think maybe says

    The Japanese robots are just more culturally oriented, suited for entertainment and high level tasks. Why should they be sacrificed to do dirty work in a hazardous environment when an expendable human could do that work? After all, the human will die some day, but with a good oiling every now and then the robots can live forever!