The International Robot Fair
2004 started off with a "World Robot
Declaration" yesterday. The declaration states three specific
expectations that future robots must meet and declares 5 resolutions on
what must be done to bring the next generation of robots into existence.
It puts into words the Simak-like Japanese philosphy towards robots
that we've been aware of in a general sense for years. Basically robots
will be the companions of the human race and assist humans physically
and psychologically while helping to keep the world safe and peaceful.
The full text of the declaration is included below.
Confident of the future development of robot technology and
numerous contributions that robots will make to Humankind, this World
Robot Declaration is issued on February 25, 2004 from Fukuoka, Japan.
I. Expectations for next-generation robots
1. Next-generation robots will be partners that coexist with human
2. Next-generation robots will assist human beings both physically and
3. Next-generation robots will contribute to the realisation of a safe
and peaceful society
II. Toward the creation of new markets through next-generation robot
1. Resolution of technical issues through the effective use of Special
Zones for Robot Development and Test
2. Promotion of public acceptability of robots through the establishment
of standards and upgrading of the environment
3. Stimulation of adoption through promotion of introduction of robots
by public organisations
4. Dissemination of new technologies related to robots
5. Promotion of the development of robot technology by small
enterprises, and their entry into the robot business. The government
and academia shall provide active support for such efforts.
Direct Press Releases
I cant wait till robots coexist with humans,it will be like
chobits.Also though I believe if robots are to become widly
commercially avaliable then people want have a passion to eplore
robotics and learn what makes them tick because then they will have one
already made and robotics will become completely a business asted of a
hobby like it is for us hobby roboticist.
Statements like that scare me; what exactly do they mean by peace, and
how do they intend to achieve this goal? Thank God that nuclear
weapons also generate EMP to destroy the CPU‛TM]s of these epeace†
enforcing robotic hoards.
Does anybody remember the Japanese Fifth Generation AI project?
Everybody was terrified that they were going to race by the other
nations in the development of AI.
The only thing good that came out of it was increased popularity of the
Prolog programming language (logic programming language). That was
several gabillion dollars down the drain.
The only reason they will succeed at robots is because they have to, due
to the fact their population is aging rapidly, and there aren't enough
health care workers to care for them.