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.


Kanako Miura -

Today, per the Japanese tradition of marking the one year anniversary of an individual's death, known as the Meinichi (めいにち・命日), we remember the life and accomplishments of brilliant young roboticist Dr. Kanako Miura, lost in a terrible accident one year ago today. Our original article was published May 29, 2013. 

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No Guns Allowed in Japan -

Is it Really a Gun? Just a Complicated Weapon? Whatever the Case, Yoshitomo Imura is Incarcerated

May the Fourth Be With You (Japan Style) -

It’s Just Different Over Here
As with almost every spot of Western culture that Japan Hoovers up, in accordance with the nuance of local tastes, i.e., straight-up Borg-like assimilative capabilities, the institution of Star Wars has been exhaustively Japanified. The same popular characters are popular, but often they’re just doing other stuff... 

Reno J. Tibke - May 03, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week it’s all about Toyota and California going bananas for hydrogen fuel cell tech, for both buildings and for cars - but mostly for cars, and even though the tech has been just around a corner that seems to be taking about 35 years to navigate, word on the street is that it might actually be reaching feasibility...we'll see. 

REVIEW: SKY Technologies 445nm 1000mW Blue Laser -

Do Not Go from Adult to Spastic Child in 1.2 Nanoseconds

Reno J. Tibke - April 26, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week Japan’s kicking in some cash, tech, and know-how to help modernize a sizeable public waterworks in the Philippines, Nissan’s prepping their shiny new hybrid racing triangle for Le Mans, and Japan’s trying to get cozy with India’s Navy through tech sharing, which, for regional stability and international understanding, actually means almost nothing. 

Free Gauge Train -

The Free Gauge Train
New Tech in Testing

This past weekend, the Asahi Shimbun reported that the Kyushu Railway Company began testing a very special supertech rail vehicle: the Free Gauge Train (FGT). It's special because it can do Bullet Training, but can also tighten up and get its Local Train on.

Reno J. Tibke - April 19, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week it’s all about Sony getting good news in the form of bad news that's not really bad at all, the Japanese parliament has approved a nuclear deal with a Middle Eastern country and it's not scary unless you're an anti-nuke hippy, and we share a particularly enjoyable survey of how Western sci-fi continues dipping into the J-cookie jar. 

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JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week Japan's found a way to help the UAE farm in the desert, Prime Minister Abe took new American Ambassaor Caroline Kennedy on a superfast maglev marketing ride, and the mad scientists at NEDO have developed a 3D printer for artificial bone!

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Reno J. Tibke - April 05, 2014

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! -

This week it’s all about a European pharmaceutical packaging company opening a huge new facility in Japan. Thereafter, it's not about much of anything. Sometimes, yes, sometimes, the future is just ferociously mundane. You could go back and read last week's JTFF, because we really had our righteously indignant (and totally correct and justified) snark on. 

ASIMO Goess Hanami -
The Japanese and anyone else lucky enough to be here are celebrating an intermittently occurring secular holiday that spans an entire month. Various gatherings, parties, festivals, and no-real-reason-necessary events with groups from a just a few people to several thousand are currently being held across the entire nation. One famous robot, too.