Friday, May 13, 2005

Japanese Ministry Pushes For Robotic Future

The Japanese Ministry of Economy ,Trade and Industry(METI) released an interim report laying the need for a robotic future for Japan. In addition to dealing with the needs and requirements of an aging population and the subsequent labor shortage, the report make recommendations about how to move robotics forward. From universalization of communication and other standards to modifications to traffic regulations the report attempts to lay the ground work for the robotic future.

Japan more than any other country has seen the robotic revolution coming and has made it the centerpiece of its economic strategy over the coming decades. In the US there seems to be no coherent policy in place. Without a plan we are likely to fall behind as we have with internet access as the robotic revolution sweeps across the globe.