Japan Developing Robots to Address ‘Serious Manual Labor Shortages” Due to Aging Population & Declining Birthrate

Published by , October 8, 2018 12:51 pm

(I-Programmer) Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, has posted a video clip of its HRP-5P robot which is intended to be capable of the “same hard work as humans”. The rationale for developing this robot is that due to the declining birthrate and the aging of the population. AIST is anticipating “serious manual shortages in the future” and considers it is urgent to solve this problem by robot technology.
The robot in the video is the fifth is the HRP (Humanoid Robot Project) series, the first of which was developed by Honda and established the bipedal walking technology that AIST has developed in collaboration with several other companies. The video of a metal man tackling the DIY task of installing dry wall is convincing. It looks as though HRP-5P could be trusted to do work without supervision and complete it in a fuss-free manner.

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