Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto.

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Japan is taking further steps in cementing its role as the most forward thinking nation when it comes to robots. The government has introduced its new ‘Robot Revolution’ initiative, devoting approximately $20 billion to the cause and teaming up with Japanese technology companies including Toyota and Honda to make it happen. The aim of it is to benefit all fields of industry, from academia to health, with Japan situating itself at the centre of a worldwide robotic revolution.

Meanwhile, a New Zealand based company is hoping to create the ‘world’s angriest robot’. The aggravating AI has been created by a bank to train employees in customer service situations to help with outbursts. We’re all for calming everyone down, but is it a good idea to make robots angry on purpose? Especially when, as author Martin Ford forecasts, a robot may end up taking your job.

Hopefully if it gets too out of hand we can count on the UN and Amnesty International, who have recently spoken out in support of campaigns against killer robots.

This originally appeared in Moving World Wednesday 20150520 

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