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.

SEE ALL ARTICLES BY RENO J. TIBKE BELOW • ARCHIVES FROM THE OLD SITE, INCLUDING ROBOT STUFF, SOCIO-TECH STUFF, AND GLASS ARE HERE.

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

Reno J. Tibke - August 30, 2013

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

This week it's a Japanese iPad finger painter getting a bit more press, Toyota’s promising a production-ready hydrogen powered sedan by 2015, and it could be that the rest of world is really starting to want Japan to accept help with the whole Fu

ATLAS Robot Unboxing - DARPA Robotics Challenge

Ohhh boy, an unboxing video that’s not just filler, but 500% justifiable.

3D Printing with Metal - AkihabaraNews.com

Japan was all over the infancy of 3D printing, but in decades since, J-R&D has kinda missed the boat.

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it's weird that Japanese people still love CDs, Japan’s trying to help Myanmar by ironically exporting more energy technology, and some really profound developments in reproductive technology, for which the JTFF finally gets to use the word “sperm.”

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iREX 2013 Primer - AkihabaraNews.com
The Japan Robot Association (JARA) and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun are gearing up to host the 20th bi-ennial iREX International Robot Exhibition here in Tokyo. This is Japan’s Big Show, and naturally, AkihabaraNews is going to be all over it - here’s a bit of what to expect:
Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week it's Sony playing Smartphone Release Roulette in what’s maybe an attempt to steal/ride new iPhone buzz but probably not, and the UK, intriguingly, is shoring up defense equipment & intelligence agreements with Japan & Korea (shhh, don't tell China).

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Welcome to Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

HAL Suit Goes German! - AkihabaraNews.com
Tsukuba City-based Cyberdyne, Inc.’s HAL suit has reached a number of milestones this year, and with news last week that the device received third-party approval from Germany-based certification agency TÜV Rheinland, it's time for the cybernetic prosthetic to go international.

Remember the early 90s when Japan’s miraculous economic growth suddenly halted and the nation plunged into icky recession? It’s been minimal growth and lackluster asset performance since, right? Well, what if that that whole story is just a twisted economic fairytale?

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