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.

Terra Motors & PocketView Startups in Japan - AkihabaraNews.com

Last week, AkihabaraNews began unpackaging Japan’s nascent startup and venture capital movement, and though it’s but a week since, increased momentum is already evident. We’ll not only cover developments, AkihabaraNews is also getting involved. First, a J-startup update via Terra Motors and PocketVenture Live!:

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Skeletonics at Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013 - AKihabaraNews.com

In addition to our exclusive close-up footage of Team Skeletonics' human-powered exoskeleton, luckily we also collected a few wide angle and close-up stills. Yeah, we've kinda been fawning over Skeletonics of late. But for good reason: you won't believe what they're working on.

Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013 - AkihabaraNews.com

Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013 wrapped up over the weekend, and while it was mostly Team Skeletonics' giant human-powered exoskeleton that held our attention, there were a few other items of interest - here's a bite-sized gallery with a few notions of what we encountered.

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iREX 2013 Primer - AkihabaraNews.com

The Japan Robot Association (JARA) and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun will open the 20th bi-ennial iREX International Robot Exhibition here in Tokyo tomorrow morning. This is Japan’s, perhaps the entire planet's premier robotics extravaganza. We're all over it.

Riding, Demoing, and Dismounting Skeletonics - AkihabaraNews.com

Getting in/on, Demoing, and Getting out of a Team Skeletonics Exoskeletal Suit
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in a pretty small room)

Over the weekend we visited a conceptual capital, a Mecca of sorts, of super-powered, executive-level Japanese geekdom: Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013.

Reno J. Tibke - November 02, 2013

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

This week it’s wrapping displays that just keep going around the edge of your phone, and a Japanese man, Takaaki Sasaki, the first in line at Tokyo’s Ginza Apple store, was all weepy today when he got the new iPad Air - but it’s not the usual creepily overenthusiastic fandorkboyism, it’s actually kind of touching.

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Reno J. Tibke - November 01, 2013

Apple iPhone Huge Sales - AkihabaraNews.com
However we decide to categorize the devices, here in Japan, there is clearly one smartphone to rule them all. For more than 3 years now, with a consistently growing marketshare, iterations of Apple's flagship product have been the best selling phones in Japan - and not just among smartphones - that's for the entire mobile telecommmunications market.
Terra Motors & PocketView Startups in Japan - AkihabaraNews.com

Japan is world-renowned for a dearth of startup and venture capital in business culture, but change might be coming; while the top-down innovation efforts of Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, etc. have flailed and failed, long-underappreciated or outright ignored entrepreneurs are preparing to strike back.

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Reno J. Tibke - October 26, 2013

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

This week it’s the JTFF being embarrassed for the BBC publishing some wildly innappropriate and overgeneralized coverage of technology & culture in Japan; specifically the "otaku" phenomenon, and clinging to it as a major reason for Japan’s declining population and all the stay at home singles, because seriously, what else could it be? Wow Japan, you so crayyzy!

Kong Show, Episode #1 - AkihabaraNews.com

AkihabaraNews Goes Podcast!
Okay, it goes without saying that we're excited - but today, we're totally excited to announce a new broadcasting partnership with our friends at Japan Today as they present The Kong Show, featuring Tokyo radio legend Kamasami Kong!

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