World Robot Declaration Issued by Japan

Posted 26 Feb 2004 at 15:31 UTC by steve Share This

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 of the 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 beings
2. Next-generation robots will assist human beings both physically and psychologically
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 technology
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.

Source: Belga Direct Press Releases

Robots coexisting with humans , posted 26 Feb 2004 at 22:07 UTC by Botnerd » (Master)

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.

safe and peaceful society?, posted 27 Feb 2004 at 19:42 UTC by WhoPhlungPoo » (Journeyer)

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.

Fifth Generation Project, posted 27 Feb 2004 at 22:18 UTC by roschler » (Master)

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.


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