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UPDATE by Miguel

What did you think of their theory that xenophobia and fear/ dislike of strangers are the keys to robot innovation?


At 9:12 PM, Blogger joško said...

Oh, nice, Andrew already bought it.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

Robots can provide real productivity increases, but Japan is indeed more motivated than other countries because of their views on immigration.

I think it is a good thing. If the Japanese people don't want immigration out of concerns about diluted culture, increased violence, etc. than they should act as they currently do.

Immigration and research on robotics aren't mutually exclusive, of course. I wonder if you could quantify the number of people in the US who don't work on human-replacement technology because of the fear instilled by "robo-phobia"...

If there is another god damned movie about AI turning evil from a bolt of lightnight, I might just build a mechaZilla to attack hollywood.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

I should further add that a good compromise is tele-operation, where higher level thinking and perception is done by human working in other countries.

You don't get the immigration, but you do get better robots AND better wages for the workers.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

It's a little ironic that you're so philosophically simpatico, but aren't welcome there....

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

I'd be free to work there for at least a little while. I'm not sure if I would enjoy staying longer than the term of a temporary research position.

Abby has the option at MITRE to work in Japan. She'd have to change focus at her work to project management, but the position wouldn't be temporary. I'm sure I'd be allowed to tag along :)

But yes, I like so many things from Japan: anime, robots, aesthetics, martial arts; it is sad that I can't move freely. Thank god for globalization... they can move to me :)

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Considering you'd take a huge pay cut to move there, and that the two most expensive cities in the world are in Japan, that might not be a wise move.

Ticket to Osaka... 50,000Y
Suite at the Imperial Hotel... 100,000Y
Dinner at La Baie... 45,000Y

Leaving your baby with the nanny from Honda... priceless

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

Actually, while I would probably take a cut, Abby's potential position would pay for most everything like housing and such.

Too bad we're not going to do it.

I'll just have to be invited to move for my massive Kung Fu skills, sometime ~204X a.d.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger joško said...

My feeling is that Japan might be an underwelming place to visit. Maybe Oded can chime in. I think I'll stick to watching Lost In Translation and plan my 2008 China trip.

Meanwhile, I wouldn't just write off Japanese xenophobia as a useful (robots) if quaint character trait. It DID kill a few million people not so long ago, after all, and they're ass-holes for being unapologetic.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger joško said...

Okay, I just actually read the article, and I love the intro.


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