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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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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Lego MINDSTORMS EV3 Guy!

They once had little to do with actual robotics, but two product iterations and 15 years later, about to release their 3rd-generation kit, 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.

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Legos, Robots, and Education

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week it's “Kirobo” the monolingual robot arriving at the ISS (along with other stuff - thanks, Japan!), and Hilarious Yet Not Parts #1 & #2, the kind of fossil fuel development vs. carbon credit investment irony-pointing-out that only the JTFF can deliver!

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Japanese Robots: ISO Assistive Robotics Tech Standards to be Based on Japan's
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has decided to adopt Japanese standards for assistive robotics tech. Developers in Japan, the vanguard of a potentially global industry, got their deserved props, and they can now look toward overseas expansion and competition.
Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week it's a Japanese supercomputer creating the awesomest practical neuronal simulation to date, and a detailed breakdown of the upcoming trans-Pacific game console showdown: PS4 vs. Xbox One!
Okay, Trask Industries, We're Infected - What's a Sentinel Robot?
Taking a lesson from the very successful campaigns of films like District 9 and Prometheus, Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has hit the internets with a slick, sincere Trask Industries website. In the X-Men universe, Trask Industries makes 30ft/9m-tall robotic mutant hunters known as "Sentinels."
Introduced way back in 2008, seven years after the Segway, Toyota's Winglet finally got to come out and play last week; practical trials are underway. Like the Segway (pretty much exactly), it’s a single rider, self-balancing mobility device. Toyota calls it a robot. Yeah... No.

Reno J. Tibke - July 31, 2013

Homemade Kit Robots Fighting in Korea!
This overlooked gem is a few months old, but we’re pretty sure more people need to see it, just because, you know, because fighting robots!
Honda UK's 1000cc Lawnmower is Way Faster than Your Car
What can you do with a small yet really powerful engine, a new riding lawnmower, a healthy marketing budget, and a professional race driver with some free time? You can cut the grass really, really quickly. Oh, and severely injure or kill yourself if you’re not careful.
Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!
This week it's electronic beacon trouble for the 787 Dreamliner (Boeing’s gotta be so tired of such headlines), a Japanese & American team at MIT have found a way to make brains remember stuff that didn’t happen, and Toyota’s leading global auto sales.

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