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Amazon to Launch Echo AI Speaker for Japanese Market Next Week (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)—Amazon Japan said Wednesday it will launch three models of its Echo artificial intelligence-based smart speaker that supports the Japanese language. Amazon's Japanese-enabled Echo smart speaker at its unveiling in Tokyo on November 8, 2017. (© Jiji) Amazon Japan will start shipping the new gadget next week. Orders will be accepted at the company's website. The …
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Bird-Shaped Robot Developed for English Conversation Practice (News)

Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Pref., Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese education software developer CAI Media Co. recently developed a bird-shaped robot for English learners to practice conversation, using artificial intelligence and "Internet of things" technologies. Making use of a cloud service with massive data collected online, the robot Charpy can respond to learners in natural conversations based on t…
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Deep Learning’s Rise Leaves Japan Playing AI CatchupShimizu Ryō

Japan joined the artificial intelligence race late. It was not until the mid-1980s, three decades later than countries like the United States, that researchers began pondering the idea of thinking machines. Japanese companies and universities are now increasingly pouring resources into unlocking the secrets of deep learning. The country’s slow start and scarcity of AI experts, however, has hindered progress, as illustrated by the lack of breakthroughs to date.
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Flying High in the Sky: AI-equipped Atom Boy Robot Kit Goes on Sale (Japan in Photos)

Publisher Kōdansha on February 22 announced its new weekly magazine based on Tezuka Osamu’s famous Astro Boy character to commemorate the ninetieth birthday of the manga legend. The entire 70-issue series will cost around ¥180,000, and each installment will come with a piece of an AI-equipped robot based on Tezuka’s mechanical superhero. When complete, the build-it-yourself Astro Boy will stan…
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Go Master Cho Wins Series with AI (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 23 (Jiji Press)--Go master Cho Chikun triumphed in his final game against DeepZenGo, a Japanese artificial intelligence program, on Wednesday to win the three-game series 2-1. Cho Chikun (right, behind the board) defeats the AI system DeepZenGo in the third of three matches to win the series 2-1 in Tokyo on November 23, 2016. DeepZenGo developer Katō Hideki is in the foreground. (©…
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Robot Soccer

Robotics developers have a dream: That one day their robot athletes will defeat the World Cup winners and be crowned as the best soccer team in the world. This year’s “RoboCup – Japan Open” pitted 73 teams of robots against one another for a place in the robot World Cup.
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