Monday, April 23, 2007

Robots in Japan and the West

Mary King has
posted an essay
that explores the differences between Japanese and Western roboticists
and presents an explanation of how these differences came about. The
article also explore differences in how people in the East and West
approach the ideas of roboethics and robot rights. King starts at the
begining by explaining how Western audiences perceived RUR when it
premiered in 1921, compared to how Tokyo audiences perceived in when it
premiered in Japan in 1924. Along the way, she mentions a variety of
robots, some of which you may not have heard of before, such as the
Robo-Priest who has been on duty since 1993 in the Yokohama cemetary and
can perform Buddist, Protestant, and Catholic rites. Definitely an
interesting read.


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