Japanese Technology from the Future SATURDAY but was Supposed to Be Friday!
This week it’s Japan thinking about investing a bunch of cash and tech into cancer treatment in India, which is nice, NTT Data Canada has significantly upped some jobs predictions in Nova Scotia, and even we're saying "NTT Data Canada?", and SCHAFT Robotics has left the DARPA building, which is kind of a bummer, but intriguing.
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Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future Friday Saturday!
It’s already Friday Saturday west of the international dateline – here in Japan, it’s totally the future. The weekly JTFF is our somewhat Technosnarky coverage of 2-5 particularly important, specifically Japan-related tech stories. Get yourself hip to the micro & macro that went down while North America was sleeping – check in with Akihabara News (usually) every Friday (not Saturday) morning and BOOM! Ahead of the game, you win.
:: JTFFS – June 28, 2014 ::
• Japan to Maybe Offer Tech & Cash for Cancer Treatment in India
Not that there isn’t already a warm and successful economic relationship between Japan and India, but it seems to be blossoming of late. As the JTFF covered back in uhhh… two months ago, the Japanese navy iss all about getting cozy with India’s navy, i.e., helping India make an actual navy. Now, as we mentioned at the time, while there would clearly be some strategic value to such cooperation (800lb. Chinese gorrilla waves from the corner of the room), there’d also be a lot of cash moving. The deal for cancer tech, however, that seems much more of a purely economic, and probably humanitarian move. It’s an interesting example of an interesting thing, really… modern Japan is a fantastic exemplar of the burgeoning and steadily maturing global economy of ideas. That is to say, Japan really has very little actual material to sell to anybody anywhere in the world, but when it comes to ideas, intellectual capital, as it were, there are few if any nations that can match Japanese tech know-how. So, props to Japan on that, and should the deal come to fruition, death to Indian cancer.
[JAPAN MIGHT HELP KILL SOME INDIAN CANCER WITH TECH & MONEY - SME TIMES]
• NTT Data Canada (we know, right?!) Ups Jobs Predictions for Halifax
Around these parts, generally you hear us talking about NTT docomo, Japan’s largest telecom, and how they’re launching new smartphone A, or new tablet B, or how they plan to increase their network to 5G speeds in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, etc., etc. So with all the gadgetry to report on, the fact that Nippon Telegraph & Telephone is a gargantuan global conglomerate can get overlooked. Ever hear of the Fortune 500? NTT’s #29. Largest telecom in Japan? Yeah, but also, when it comes to revenue, the largest telecom on the planet. So, on one hand, it seems surprising that they own a Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadian data center, but on the other, it seems like… well yeah, of course they do. Oh, and they’ve doubled from 250 to 500 their projected jobs addingness over the next 6 years for the Nova Scotia facility. We don't have a Canadian joke with which to finish this paragraph, but yeah, it does seem like we should. Sorry!
[NTT DATA CANADA HAS MORE JOBS THAN THEY THOUGHT - CHRONICAL HERALD BUSINESS]
NTT docomo at AkihabaraNews
• Team SCHAFT Pulling out of DARPA Robotics Challenge
Because #1. they're (were before Google bought them because sometimes Japan sucks at startups) Japanese, and #2. their robot is awesome, we’ve covered SCHAFT a lot here (new site coverage), and for a while (old site coverage). This move was reportedly made in order that SCHAFTOOGLE can focus on developing an actual rescue and recovery robot product; and while it's not exactly a surprise, it is somewhat disappointing. So, let this just serve as announcement of the fact, and that we’ll have more coverage to come on the implications for the DRC itself and Team SCHAFT’s future (and ours won't completely suck like most of what’s been published over the past 24 hours and we won't mention any names but if you need an example of crappy robotics coverage The Daily Mail has you covered).
[DARPA ROBOTICS CHALLENGE FINALISTS & COMPETITION DETAILS ANNOUNCED - DARPA]
•Japanese Robots: The DARPA Robotics Challenge is Underway - Go Team SCHAFT, GO! (VIDEO)
•Japanese Robots: On DARPA, SCHAFT, and the Peace Constitution (and bad reporting)
•Japan’s Robot Renaissance (Fukushima’s Silver Lining)
That was the JTFFS, and live from the future – that is all.
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Tokyo at Night via PhotoEverywhere.