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It's hard to believe that robots are also having trouble finding a gig these days. Japan's industrial production has declined about 40% because of the recession. Sony cut out Aibo in 2006, Takara Tomy may not release future versions of its i-Sobot because of lagging sales and we all know what happened to Pleo. Even the Yaskawa Electric factory in Kyushu has shut down all but one of its robotic workers (shown here) that used to make more of his kind. A 2007 government plan called for a million robots to be working by 2025, but unless they become less expensive to create, that goal will probably not be achieved.
Via The Age
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at July 16, 2009 8:52 PM