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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Reno J. Tibke - October 12, 2013

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it’s automobile autopilot by Toyota, which means it’s a shame that Japan’s so small, i.e., road trip options are limited, and then it’s Honda, an early hybrid pioneer who’s fallen by the eco-friendly wayside.

Japanese Robots: Honda's UNI-CUB with a Civilian, a Smartphone, and an Escape (VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com

In its 18 public months, Honda’s semi-robotic UNI-CUB personal mobility device hasn’t seen a lot of the spotlight, but that might be changing; last week, here in Tokyo, we managed to capture some raw footage of a UNI-CUB test ride, smartphone control, and a rolling departure (VIDEO).

Toshiba REGZA Super Serious - AkihabaraNews.com

Unflinching Dedication to High-Def
Okay, so be forewarned that this isn't really news, we just want you to watch this video because it's funny how serious this CEATEC spokesdancer was about Toshiba 4K TVs. She was unshakable. Like a rock. She believed in the power of TV with resolution that's beyond the perceptive capability of the human eye!

OPENCUBE SCOOVO C170 Launch

Way back when, the term “additive manufacturing” described a process little known outside of that industry, and Japan was actually on the forefront of that tech.

Reno J. Tibke - October 08, 2013

The Ladies & Gentlemen of CEATEC 2013 - AkihabaraNews.com

A long, long time ago the proverbial Mad Men realized that, no matter what you sell, propping up a pretty human being next to the product moves the product.

CEATEC 2013 - Biggest Players Gallery - AkihabaraNews.com

CEATEC 2013 went dark on Saturday; exhibitors packed up, fans both mainstream and ultra-dorky moved on, and now it’s nothing but cleanup and write-up.

Nissin NoodleBot - AkihabaraNews.com

Instant noodles, Top Ramen in particular, are perhaps best known as a symbol of the struggling college student, the underemployed and/or lazy bachelor, or simply the food of last resort - but not in Japan. Here there’s a clear, unabashed romance between Cup Noodles and robots. 

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Reno J. Tibke - October 05, 2013

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it’s J-Tech by-proxy, tertiary; Japan’s tentacles extend way out into the global tech economy, and they have to: 1.8% of humanity doesn’t get into the global top 3 without investing in Indian labor, marketing to Africa, and getting in o

CEATEC 2013 - Toyota i-Road - AkihabaraNews.com

(UPDATE - new photos just added!)
 

Reno J. Tibke - September 28, 2013

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it's Panasonic unloading its healthcare division to some Americans, and the world’s fastest mobile 4G, LTE, multi-carrier routers, made in China by this huge company you’ve likely never heard of, are now available on the archipelago - t

Reno J. Tibke - September 21, 2013

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it's Japanese phone makers shuddering at the news of NTT Docomo finally agreeing to push Apple products, and guess what, among a laundry list of supertech geniuses, one of the iPhone’s senior engineers speaks Japanese and spent time as

Yaskawa Assistive Robots - AkihabaraNews.com

What with the card dealing, cooking, and golfing, Yaskawa Electric’s heavily YouTubed Motoman

Reno J. Tibke - September 13, 2013

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it's a Japan-led team’s Earthquake-hunting boat setting off to drill into the place where earthquakes come from (

Japanese Robot Movies - AkihabaraNews.com
Gymnast robot celebrates Tokyo’s successful 2020 Olympic bid with a triple backflip off the bar, and back onto the bar, industrial robots play with racecars, and a monolingual mini-humanoid speaks the first robotic words from the International Space Station. Three J-robots in under 4 minutes!
Epsilon Rocket Launch Update - AkihabaraNews.com

Some kinda computer glitch signal delay miscommunication thingy kept JAXA’s next-gen, high-tech, super user-friendly Epsilon smartrocket & cargo grounded on August 27; now, comms are 5-by-5 and a new launch date is set.

Reno J. Tibke - September 07, 2013

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it's Seiko’s 100-year wristwatch anniversary celebrated with huge sales in India, Japanese & American cancer killers hook up, and Japan and Qatar are going to get all kindsa cozy with the desalination, wastewater treatment, stadium

Epsilon Rocket Launch Aborted - AkihabaraNews.com

On August 27, Japan’s next-gen, supertech

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