Reno J. Tibke

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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.


Reno J. Tibke - July 22, 2014 - New Lamborghini Inspired by Origami?

Filippo Perini Knows His Audience
Early this morning, Japanese auto site reported that Filippo Perini, the lead designer of Lamborghini’s latest flagship street rocket, cited origami as a significant influence in designing the car’s body.

Japanese Technology from the Future SATURDAY Because of Friday Night Corporate Hobnobbing!

This week it’s Japan moving to subsidize the purchase of fuel cell-powered automobiles made by Toyota but hopefully some other players, too, Japan is sharing its earthquake proofing/resistance tech with Bangladesh, and the world's biggest messaging service that no one outside of Asia knows about is investing in America!

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Reno J. Tibke - July 12, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week we've learned that Japan's formed a body to (very softly) police/advise on cryptocurrencies like BitCoin, Japan's 3D printing industry showing more and more life signs, and a relatively unknown powered exoskeleton maker is seeing some pretty cool progress! 

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Reno J. Tibke - July 11, 2014


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Reno J. Tibke - July 08, 2014

Mirrored TOKYO Will Melt Your Brain (VIDEO)
The contiguous urbanization, beginning at Tokyo Bay, crawls westward and disappears beneath the sky, farther than we can see - not only by distance, but also due to the basic curvature of the earth. It’s just that vast. Okay, now double that. Twist and turn. Reflect. Go upside down and merge it all together in a videographic collage...

Reno J. Tibke - July 05, 2014

Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!

This week we marvel at how Japan has now purchased a billion tons of Australia, and we lament the fact that increasing levels of developmental disability have taken all the fun out of playfully insulting and berating Japanese anti-nuclear activists. It’s just so...sad now. 

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Reno J. Tibke - July 04, 2014

The Best Transformers Movie of 2014... (VIDEO)

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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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Reno J. Tibke - June 22, 2014

SCENE IN TOKYO: Tokyo Toy Store -
Long before Michael Bay, and even before Hasbro's incarnation, Transformers were Takara Tomy's Microman and Diaclone, and Nintendo's Super Mario, long a global phenomenon, was first a game for Nintendo's Japan-only Famicom console.

Reno J. Tibke - June 21, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week two Americans who do science and a Japanese woman who does Kimonos are getting a huge chunk of cash from the Kyoto Prize, and a southeastern Japanese prefecture wants to become toilet world... 

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Reno J. Tibke - June 14, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week China's getting international train tech contracts instead of Japan, but it's in Pakistan so Japan just kinda shrugs, China's Puxing Energy and Japan's NEC have canceled the East Asian War in favor of cooperating on a huge energy grid project, and there's just no easy way to say it: 2014 INTERNATIONAL TOKYO TOY SHOW!

Reno J. Tibke - June 07, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week it’s octopedal Japanese electronics conglomerate OMRON getting its

Reno J. Tibke - May 31, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week it seems that J-Convenience store giant Lawson has become something of startup funder, and a professor of sports and stuff at Tsukuba University has declared the FIFA 2014 World Cup ball to be “MADE OF NINJA THROWING STARS!!” ...okay, maybe the translation is off a bit on that last part. 

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Solar Diversification: Japanese Farmers' Invisible New Cash Crop
Approximately 60% of those actively farming here in Japan are over 65 years old, and only 10% are under 50. Push out 30 years, and even with continued subsidies and such, farmers are going to literally vanish. But is there a silver lining...somewhere?
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Chubby Bear FAAAAAME!
Well, it appears the archipelago just isn’t big enough to contain all the cute.

Reno J. Tibke - May 24, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week it’s Japanese researchers tacking orders of magnitude greater performance onto solid state computer memory (SSD), and Panasonic has gone public with its plans to be the sole battery provider for the awesomely sexy Tesla Motors’ electric automobiles...which, technically and unfortunately, still run on fossil fuels. 

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