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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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!

Japanese Robots: Gymnast-Bot Nails (more complicated) Triple-Backflip - AkihabaraNews.com

There’s no shortage of attention for the horizontal bar gymnastics robot videos from YouTube user "hinamitetu," and yesterday, a new milestone: Once again, in what looks like mom’s cluttered basement or garage, the gymnast-bot impresses with a super difficult Kovacs to triple backf

We’ve been in love with Team Skeletonics’ human-powered exoskeleton for years, and all throughout, it's pretty much been the same mechanical and aesthetic configuration. But it now looks like they’ve been refining in the background, and might be bringing something new out to play.

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Lasers & Holograms for Tiny Projectors - AkihabaraNews.com

Smartphone projectors? Laptop projectors? Pen projectors? Tablet projectors? Well, maybe there’s a market (maybe), but perfecting a practical mini-projector has been perennially problematic. Japanese and Polish researchers could have an answer: ditch the lenses and use holographic zoom.

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Reno J. Tibke - October 19, 2013

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

This week it’s Japan & the U.K. agreeing to do even more military stuff together, further discussion on the revealed-to-the-world-via-mobile-video issue of corporal punishment in Japan, and an inexplicable announcement from Honda about the sound of its new racecar engine.

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Keloid Short Film - AkihabaraNews.com

With robots and mechs Japanese designers would love, and hints of a good story, Keloid is a cruel tease of a trailer. British newscasters, robots speaking Russian, all made by a Spanish effects studio; look, can someone, somewhere just go ahead and give these guys movie money already?

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ATLAS is Coming for ASIMO - AkihabaraNews.com

Honda bills ASIMO as the world's most advanced humanoid robot, and taken as a whole, it’s probably accurate to say. But an American robot is catching up, and unless Honda’s got some new tricks (ASIMO X?), ATLAS is going to shove ASIMO aside and take his cookies.

Reno J. Tibke - October 12, 2013

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

This week it’s automobile autopilot by Toyota, which means it’s a shame that Japan’s so small, i.e., road trip options are limited, and then it’s Honda, an early hybrid pioneer who’s fallen by the eco-friendly wayside.

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