Cedar Park, Texas - Japan is majestic. Japan is beautiful. It has qualities we all love and much of it is tied to it's quirky pop-culture. From the anime and manga, to the hyper-obsessive 'otaku' culture and J-Pop fashion; Japan (to Americans) must seem like a country full of niche, odd interests.
Who could forget about the country's rigorous schooling and testing? Much of the West is watching and looking for aspects of Japan's school system to adopt, while marveling at it's technological prowess.
Which leads us to today's conversation:
Japan's future doesn't look all that bright...
Robots can pretty much do anything? Should they?
Japan seems to feel like technology is the key to solving these problems which are effecting the economy. However, the amount of faith the country places in it's technology does bring up some important questions. For example, many feel that relying too heavily on technology could result in a complete shift in the dynamic of Japanese culture. People relying on robots to clean. People relying on robots to feed them.
What about people relying on robots in the legal system?
A robotic police force should be able to cut through all the bias (aside from bias built into the laws), correct?
Here's something to think about: Imagine robots as social companions like a friend or even family member. Well, guess what? Japan's robot population is already over 350,000!
SIDE NOTE: WATCH THIS VIDEO BELOW OF ERICA THE ROBOT ANSWERING USER SUBMITTED QUESTIONS! WOW.
Robots can fill the void--be it economical or social...
Osaka University and other leaders in the field of robotics in Japan, believe robots are the key to a sustainable economy. Because there are too many jobs and not enough people to do them, robots (or the more human-like, androids) can be built to take on those jobs. Be it cheap labor or even running a hotel (i.e. google "The Weird Hotel").
The elephant in the room, as I mentioned earlier, is Japan's hesitation with allowing in more immigrants. Ideally, the idea of allowing immigrants to come in and take up those cheap-labor jobs with work visas, opportunities for citizenship, etc--seems like a fair trade off. But the Japanese fear the shift in society would be too drastic. For some reason, they believe the fabric of their country would be torn and replaced with something , a little less...Japanese, I guess? It's complicated, to be sure. In my opinion, loosening the immigration laws, and cracking down on the unfair practices of businesses treating immigrants like 'living trash' feels like the more humane route to go. Japan doesn't seem to be looking for what's 'humane'. They want efficiency. They want results. And exemplary ones, at that. Japan, has always been a step ahead and their technology innovation and prowess has been the torch that has lighted their path (so to speak). With that in mind, I completely understand the logic and reasoning behind their moves toward the future.
ANOTHER VIDEO BELOW OF A ROBOT MAKING SUSHI! AWESOME.
The 3-headed Threat Lives On
With awkwardly, outdated societal norms looming, the younger generations are not engaging in sexual intercourse. So without babies and children, thousands upon thousands of schools are closing. And as the population grows older, the need for more senior citizen caretakers grows more severe.
Men and women are no longer able to connect on an emotional level in Japan. But why?
Can technology really be the solution for problems as personal as sex, romance, and having children?
How do you feel about robots being the solution to worker-shortages in Japan?
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