Reno J. Tibke

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AkihabaraNews.com Editor & Content Curator
Reno is a generalist researcher and commentator on robotics, cybernetics, non-biological intelligence, transhumanism, and the social & economic dynamics of large-scale technology investment. And other stuff he finds important or just, you know, cool.

Influences include ethnographic sociology, academic reporting, Freakonomics, Carl Sagan, Kurzweilian logic, stand-up comedy, being just old enough to remember life before the internet, and childhood access to his grandmother’s extensive collection of sci-fi literature.

Reno spends the bulk of his free time composing intentionally run-on sentences, supporting the pro-semicolon lobby, and just kind of making up punctuation.

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Robots are the New Mexicans and ActiveRobo SAM is Japan's Newest Mexican
Section A is our editor being furiously angry at robotics coverage and the corpsifying institution of journalism in general. Section B is some very interesting robotics news from Japan (telepresence robotic heavy equipment operation!). Section C is the bow on this wild ride robotics feature. Choose your own adventure(s)!
Girls of Anime Japan 2014 (and some other anime stuff) [TOP 14 of '14]
"The most important lesson I took from Anime Japan 2014 was that AkihabaraNews needs someone else to cover anime." -Editor Reno J. Tibke
Disrupting Japan Episode 9: Masanori Hashimoto from NuLab (PODCAST)
If you're interested in Japanese startup/VC culture or just business in general, Disrupting Japan offers ground-level access to a movement many consider the cornerstone, if not the foundation of Japan's future economy. Check out episode 9, where we meet NuLab's Masanori Hashimoto, the "hardest working slacker in Fukuoka!"

Reno J. Tibke - December 22, 2014

Autonomous Christmas 2014
Featuring drones, rovers, quadrupeds, robot fish, and a few completely novel forms of mechanical mobility, Autonomous Christmas proves that SuperRoboDorky science people actually do have senses of humor and plenty of Christmas spirit.
An Evening in Tokyo's Rikugien Garden Illumination (GALLERY)
Rikugien Garden has a well deserved reputation for being so beautifully absorbing that one loses track of time and almost forgets about the seethe of humanity just outside. Our two hours to take everything in and bring it back to the internet vanished surprisingly fast.

Reno J. Tibke - December 16, 2014

RECAP & TOP 3: Venture Day Tokyo 2014 (GALLERY)
With attendance more than twice that of 2013, interest is clearly on the rise and the collaboration seems well placed among the growing and steadily maturing calendar of Tokyo startup pitching events. Pitches were made by teams led by both Japanese and/or foreign residents, non-Japanese multinational teams of students or alumni from the two academic sponsors, and even a completely non-affiliated American developer who joined from Osaka.
Ralph Baer - Video Game Console Inventor - AkihabaraNews.com
Though he's not regarded in the same fashion, considering the impact this one guy has had on the entirety of humanity, in our opinion it's completely reasonable to place Baer among the ranks of your Steve Jobses, Bill Gateses, and Jeff Bezoses.
SCENE IN TOKYO: Shiodome Caretta Choreographed Illumination
It’s anyone’s guess how many millions do so each year: photographers work to get the shots, lovers make illumination viewing part of their date, entire families brave the cold, and even dorky tech Editors make the trip. The annual Shiodome Caretta display is considered one of the finest, and as you’ll see below, the why is no surprise.
Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Kit: World's Best Robotics Education Tool? [REISSUE]
They once had little to do with actual robotics, but two product iterations and 15 years later, about to release their 3rd-generation kit [sic], Lego is at the top of educational, DIY, and plain old fun robot building. MINDSTORMS EV3 is coming, and the robo-geekosphere is buzzing...and whirring.
No Turkey, No Black Friday in Japan - But Happy Thanksgiving to our American Readers! - AkihabaraNews.com
As the timeless Vulcan proverb goes, "There is no gravy in East Asia."
Percussion Warfare: US Marines vs. Republic of Korea Army (In a Drumming Battle!) - AkihabaraNews.com

The Hopefully Not Too Distant Future of Conflict Resolution
If you’re a fan of drumming or a fan of parades or a fan of uniforms or a fan of humanity, it’s going to be pretty impossible to not get a smile and a wow out of watching this drum battle. Yes, one team is pretty outclassed, but it all seems to be in great fun with both sides getting a lot of applause and appreciation.

Vocaloid Hatsune Miku Represents on Letterman (and righteously shames pop music) - AkihabaraNews.com
Hatsune Miku isn't based on a person, she exists only as a hologram, and her voice is not recorded, but derived from a software platform used specifically to generate artificial singing voices. For becoming a blunt cudgel of ironic logic, Hatsune Miku gets our respect. And also because she plays with a full band - that's pretty badass, too.
Japanese Technology from the Future SATURDAY...kinda. - AkihabaraNews.com

This week nothing very interesting happened on Friday night. And then on Saturday night - which is now - nothing very interesting happened again. Except for gas-propelled cream splat face prank and, oh yeah, this Japanese company 3D-printed a working model of a jet engine. So there's those things that happened.

Reno J. Tibke - October 01, 2014

Happy 50th, Shinkansen (VIDEO & GALLERY) - AkihabaraNews.com

新幹線
しんかんせん
Shin kan sen

It’s time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Japan’s most iconic technological achievements: the world’s first modern high-speed rail system!

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