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Toyota invests in computer science and human-machine interaction aiming at reducing highway injuries and fatalities
“Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced on September 4, 2015 that it would invest approximately $50 million over the next 5 years to establish joint research centers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University to broaden its focus on computer science and human-machine interaction with an immediate goal of reducing highway injuries and fatalities.
As we age, mobility becomes more challenging; and larger segments of society are unable to drive or move freely. Also, the demands on healthcare systems and those who support the physically infirm continue to increase. Toyota believes the opportunities to improve every-day living through artificial intelligence supported technologies are boundless, with significant breakthrough potential for the development of life-saving intelligent vehicles and life-improving robots.” (Toyota Newsroom)
Is Artificial Intelligence Research the key to our future challenges? What is your take on this?
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“Google has launched a music streaming service in Japan, becoming the latest tech giant to push into the world’s No. 2 music market, despite mixed results among earlier arrivals.
The U.S. company said that its Japanese edition of Google Play Music features more than 35 million tunes available at a cost of ¥980 ($8) a month.
The launch came after similar services debuted in Japan this year by Apple, popular messaging app Line, and a joint venture by IT firm CyberAgent and Japanese music giant Avex Group.
Japan is the world’s second-largest music market, estimated to be worth $2.6 billion in 2014, after the $4.8 billion U.S. market, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan.
But packaged media such as CDs account for about 80 percent of Japanese music sales, contrasting sharply with the U.S. market where digital downloads are soaring.”
(Global) Key players in Music Streaming seem to be late in entering the huge Japanese Music Market. Packaged Media (CDs) are still predominant and far more popular than digital downloads in the “country of the walkman”, where the latest electronics gadgets and mobile phones have always been welcomed! Is Japan’s huge Music Market behind? And for how long? What do you think?
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“NTT Communications Corp. has installed vending machines for prepaid SIM cards at Narita International Airport, offering an easy option for users to activate their mobile phones and other devices on arrival.
Users simply scan their passports to register identification information.
The machines operate around the clock. One is in the arrival lobby of Terminal 1 and the other is in the arrival lobby of Terminal 2.
NTT Communications installed the machines because of the continuing rise in foreign visitor arrivals.
Previously, SIM cards were only available at stores in the airport.” (The Asahi Shimbun)
In the country of convenience stores (“conbini” in Japanese) and of all kinds of vending machines, SIM cards can be bought now from vending machines: how more convenient can Japan be? What do you think?
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“Research institutes and universities in Japan are developing robots to play an active part in the primary industries of agriculture and fisheries, which are suffering from aging workers and a lack of manpower. The robots are intended to alleviate the farmers’ workload and improve the quality of crops.
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry actively supports the move with the idea of “making good use of Japan’s robotics technology, which has long been utilized mainly in factories, now in the field of agriculture.”
The central government set a goal in January to quadruple the size of the robot market to ¥2.4 trillion by 2020, and the primary industries are positioned as a crucial field in which to utilize the robots.
The average age of farmers in Japan was 66.7 in 2014, with 64 percent of them 65 or older. Under the circumstances, there is great interest in using robots to make up for a shortfall in agricultural manpower.” (The Yomiuri Shimbun)
These are all great applications for Robotics Technology whose future seems bright. The next challenge is commercialisation! What do you think?
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EBG’s Top 100 ranking (2015) is based on various criteria such as technological innovation, the business model, the funds raised, maximum 5 years of age …..
The list contains the following categories:
– Marketing and eCommerce
Alkemics, The Beautyst, Fitizzy, Howtank, TVTY, Holimetrix, Antvoice, Realytics, Mediabong, Data Publica, Fitle, Toky Woky, Search XPR, Vigiglobe, Braineet, Evercontact, Dolmen Technologies, Videodesk, Clic2buy, Lucky Cart, Shippeo, Itinsell, LabSense
– Internet of Things
Matooma, Myfox, Actility, Busit, RED Luxury, Drust, Optiflows, Sevenhugs
OpenDataSoft, Semsoft, PredicSis, Cogniteev, Dataiku, Lokad, Heuritech, Flaminem
Paymium, Weeleo, Fundshop, Kantox,The Assets, Marie Quantier, SmartAngels, Lendix, Antelop Payments,Finsquare, Scaled Risk, Anatech, Unilend,Yoyowallet, Finexkap
– Mobile and Media
Adyoulike, Dynadmic, Vidcoin, Wildmoka, Ogury, Pretty Simple, AdotMob, Sublime Skinz
– Organisation’s Productivity
Azendoo, SimpliField, InterCloud, Tryane, Yseop, Algolia, Keycoopt, Bubblz, BiBOARD, Azalead, Advanseez et SmartPanda
– Disruption and New Concept
Snips, DigiSchool, Smart Me Up, Redbird, Sepage, Mip Robotics, Koolicar, Ceetiz, Plume Labs, Uplike, Blue Frog Robotics, Coephe, The Bubbles Company, Streamdata
1001 Pharmacies, Feeligreen, Smokio, Data Med Care, Care Labs, Kresterion, Umanlife, Santech, BodyCap, Ad Scientiam, Genepred.
(Source: Maddyness.com and EBG = Electronic Business Group)
“Japan is one of the few countries in the world likely to experience something that popular movies have predicted for years: a robot revolution. With PM Abe’s release of his plans for economic structural reform, the topic of creating a Robot Revolution Realization Council came to fruition. The premise of this council is to examine the possibility of introducing more robots into sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, and even nursing care to help foster growth in Japan.” (Riley Walters, The Daily Signal)
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“Autonomous vehicles (AVs) represent a major innovation for the automotive industry, but their potential impact with respect to timing, uptake, and penetration remains hazy. While high levels of uncertainty currently surround the issue, the ultimate role that AVs could play regarding the economy, mobility, and society as a whole could be profound.” (Mc Kinsey)
Great insights from Mc Kinsey !! Read more from: The self-driving vehicle revolution
As well as a last minute addition: the MSN post “15 ways self-driving cars could change your life”:
Tomy Co introduced a conversation robot jointly developed with NTT Docomo Inc. that it claims can hold “natural” conversations with people.
“We want to develop toys that are not only for play, but also for jumping into people’s everyday lives to make them more convenient,” said Tomy COO H.G. Meiji.
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and the article (source: Japan Times)