Monday, July 13, 2009
robots now also enjoy funemployment
In Japan, the recession has finally hit the metal hearted among us. Tetsuaki Ueda of Fuji Keizai told the New York Times that investment in robots “...has been the first to go as companies protect their human workers.”
“The recession has set the robot industry back years,” Mr. Ueda said. That goes for industrial robots and the more cuddly toy robots. In fact, several of the lovable sort have already become casualties of the recession. The robot maker Systec Akazawa filed for bankruptcy in January, less than a year after it introduced its miniature PLEN walking robot at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."
And all this time I thought we'd be replaced by robots. Perhaps, no one is safe.