Reno J. Tibke

Reno J. Tibke's picture 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.


Terra Motors & PocketView Startups in Japan -

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! -

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 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 -

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 -

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! -

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 -

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 -

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! -

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.

Japanese Robots: Honda's UNI-CUB with a Civilian, a Smartphone, and an Escape (VIDEO) -

In its 18 public months, Honda’s semi-robotic UNI-CUB personal mobility device hasn’t seen a lot of the spotlight, but that might be changing; last week, here in Tokyo, we managed to capture some raw footage of a UNI-CUB test ride, smartphone control, and a rolling departure (VIDEO).

Toshiba REGZA Super Serious -

Unflinching Dedication to High-Def
Okay, so be forewarned that this isn't really news, we just want you to watch this video because it's funny how serious this CEATEC spokesdancer was about Toshiba 4K TVs. She was unshakable. Like a rock. She believed in the power of TV with resolution that's beyond the perceptive capability of the human eye!