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.

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

This week Japan's implementing a missile and/or terror attack warning system into mobile email, a Japanese newspaper thinks it has the inside track on the iPhone 6, and in a HUGE victory for pseudo-environmentalist anti-nuclear hippies the world over, Japan's looking to import more coal!

Anime Japan 2014 - AkihabaraNews.com
It was exactly what it sounds like it was: an impossibly dense diamond of dorkiness crammed into the Tokyo Big Sight convention center.

Reno J. Tibke - March 22, 2014

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

This week it’s all about tiny little Japan's huge reach into the rest of the world: on one hand we've got the Vatican contracting with NTT to digitize over 600 years of archival documents and library stuff, and on the other we've got the Japanese government giving 38 handsome scholarships to some of India's best & brightest.

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Reno J. Tibke - March 15, 2014

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

This week it’s the (what was thought to have been) pioneering stem cell research of RIKEN’s Dr. Haruko Obokata & friends coming under serious scrutiny that could lead to disavowal, and a recounting of the much more enjoyable tale of how SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son got Steve Jobs to give him iPhone exclusivity in Japan.

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...but Some Things, Once Seen, Must be Shared
Here at AkihabaraNews, we’ve dedicated thousands of hours to bringing you the best Japanese robotics coverage on the internets. Though our tone is occasionally irreverent, we take the topic quite seriously, and every robotics piece we publish has been thoroughly researched, correlated, connected, and responsibly journalismed.

JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com
This week it’s Sony flirting with yet another game of catch-up, Panasonic is taking their smartphone game to India, and tiny cracks have been found in some of the wings Mitsubishi Heavy Industries makes for the 787 Dreamliner, which is not a game at all.
JTFF - Japanese Technology from the Future Friday! - AkihabaraNews.com

This week it’s Mt. Gox biting the bankruptcy bullet (plus bonus geeky news on that), Hulu Japan is selling itself to Japan, and Panasonic and Tesla Motors might build a battery mega-factory (whilst everyone still avoids mentioning that most electricity for electric cars still comes from fossil fuels).

North Korea Deluminated - AkihabaraNews.com

Visually Shocking.
Sadly, Entirely Unsurprising

Well, not a whole lot we can say about North Korea that hasn’t already been said about North Korea. In point of fact, this NASA photo, taken from the International Space Station late last month, summarizes things quite well.

Reno J. Tibke - February 22, 2014

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

This week it’s the JTFF shaming anti-nuclear activists.

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Sony Sells 5.3 Million PS4s - AkihabaraNews.com

Well, that's Escalating Nicely 

Reno J. Tibke - February 15, 2014

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

This week it’s Sony's, Hitachi's, and Toshiba's once-failing, leftover screen-making divisions coagulated into an actual business ready for IPO, Canon reminds us that it's not all DSLRs and gigantic copiers, and Rakuten, one of Japan's only standout international tech players, throws down cash for Viber!

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Reno J. Tibke - February 08, 2014

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

This week it’s all about exchange and overview - from Pakistan to Japan to Iowa to the world - we’ve got students from the Middle East visiting Japan to learn about tech, educators from Japan visiting Iowa to learn about STEM (no, really), and a global survey of Millennials’ perceived levels of innovativeness!

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A Cambrian Moment - AkihabaraNews.com

...and one of those is on a map.
China, with the world’s 2nd-largest economy, is mentioned 7 times with occasional allusion, and America, still way up top with a GDP roughly twice that of China, is mentioned outright 15 times and referenced again and again.

Reno J. Tibke - February 01, 2014

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

This week Sony’s purchasing part of Nintendo’s supply chain (a factory that makes things with 4-letter acronyms), a Japanese artist teamed up with Nike to make artistic HyperColor spandex (deep cut!), and Honda’s giving away 3D modeling data for their concept cars - print your own!

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Treasure or Trash - AkihabaraNews.com

JUNKWORLD Sells Used Japanese Electronics. These are Not Hot Ticket Items
While certainly not an exclusively Japanese set of preferences, the desire for the latest, newest, freshest consumer products has a particularly robust… uhh, momentum over here. And it’s also particularly comprehensive.

Reno J. Tibke - January 25, 2014

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

This week the world is realizing that Japan’s high-speed trains are pretty much what everyone should be doing and maybe let’s all just go ahead and do as they do, Nissan’s autonomous cars just might debut in California before Japan, and the many things we can learn just by torturing Japanese leeches with cold!

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Tokyo in Motion - AkihabaraNews.com
It's easy to grow accustomed to the bombast of everyday life here in Tokyo, but it's also nice to get an occasional reminder of how beautiful the city can be.

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