Japan Plans Wants Robots to Overtake Work Force and Entertainment By 2050

  • The main goal of the program is to free people from physical, mental, temporal and spatial restrictions by 2050.
  • By combining AI, biotechnologies, and a super-fast network, a single person can control up to 10 avatars simultaneously to perform various tasks from the comfort of their own home and regardless of their physical capabilities.
  • Japan already has cafes that employ robot avatar waiters controlled by paralyzed people from their homes.

The Japanese Cabinet has announced an initiative to create a future society as part of the Moonshot Research and Development program.  The main goal of the program is to free people from physical, mental, temporal and spatial restrictions by 2050. By 2030, the government of Japan plans to develop technology for piloting robotic avatars. By combining AI, biotechnologies, and a super-fast network, a single person can control up to 10 avatars simultaneously to perform various tasks from the comfort of their own home and regardless of their physical capabilities.

An image from the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri festival in Japan.

For example, a person wants to see what it’s like to work on an airplane. He can simply join the team of avatars placed on such airplane facility. When you get tired, you can move on to something else. By 2050, the workforce of robot avatars will grow exponentially. They will be used to work together to create even more technological wonders to improve lives.

The plan is certainly ambitious. For some, the prospect of making life one big game will seem intriguing, while others believe that the government will not be able to implement such revolution. On the other hand, Japan already has cafes that employ robot avatar waiters controlled by paralyzed people from their homes. Maybe in the near future, the Japanese will live like the heroes of a Hollywood movie.

RoBoHon Robots.

A group of humanoid mini-robots with artificial intelligence made a trip to Aomori Prefecture in Northern Japan on behalf of their owners.

Aomori, a prefecture in the northern part of Japan’s main island of Honshu, is known for natural landscapes including volcanic mountain ranges. Towada-Hachimantai National Park, near the southern border, has hot springs, autumn foliage in Oirase Gorge, skiing at Mount Hakkōda and lava domes around Lake Towada.

Aomori, the capital, is a laid-back port that hosts the Nebuta summer festival. The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is a Japanese summer festival that takes place in Aomori, Aomori Prefecture, Japan in early August.

The festival attracts the most tourists of any of the country’s Nebuta festivals, and is counted among the three largest festivals in the Tōhoku region.

The journey started at the station in Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture. Fifty Robocon robots from all over the country went on the trip. The tour was organized by Sharp, which produces and sells RoBoHon.

Mayor Sōichirō Miyashita.

The robots visited the city administration, where they were greeted by the  mayor Sōichirō Miyashita. He said that the meeting of robot tourists is a historical moment in the life of the city. In response, the robots performed a dance. The robots visited seven attractions, including one of Japan’s sacred sites, Mount Osorezan, and posed for photos everywhere. Photos were immediately sent to the robot owners.

In one way the robots provide more opportunities. On the other hand they take away jobs. It is a fine line to not have robots overtake the human world as we know it.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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