Robots are trimmed for ever more sensitive tasks. In Japan a robotic hand that can move extremely quickly and also access is much faster than the human hand. She can also confident figure. And took the military for themselves with their skills.
The robot hand “Janken” from the Ishikawa Watanabe laboratory of the University of Tokyo, is so far beating everyone at the popular puzzle game “Stone, Scissors, Paper”, aroused currently Japanese scientific sensation. It’s essentially the question of whether the science of the country to completely lift the 70 years-long ban, to conduct defense research.
While the Government in Tokyo encourage to animate the universities to participate more in research projects that serve military purposes and recently provides more funding for relevant research projects, the subject of many scientists encounters strong distrust. Yet it seems the long ball rolling in return.
Japan’s Government attracts big science
Research areas such as robotics, biotechnology and other technologies that have both civilian and military applications are of particular interest to the Japanese Defense Ministry. In the area of so-called dual-use items, experts see particular opportunities for the Japanese military technology on the international market.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently relaxed the restrictions after a decades long ban. Several universities changed their policies now accordingly. The strict regulation to operate no armor technology, already partially fell also on the prestigious University of Tokyo (ToDai).
The pressure on Professor Masatoshi Ishikawa, the inventor of the robot hand, which had to take since the premiere in 2013, no single defeat in the “scissors paper stone” game, is getting bigger: Ishikawa release his invention for military purposes. According to its own figures, Ishikawa is addressed at international conferences by companies or Governments increasingly on the legendary robot hand and their possible military applications. Is now already as far as the Japanese economy newspaper “Nikkei” and writes: “Japan no longer distinguishes between military and civil technologies.”
Robot hand wins, because cheats
Project aims to show that robots as well as without delay to adequately respond to human movement, there are arguments for a military potential on the hand. The device always wins because it cheats. A wholly owned profit share is guaranteed with the help of the world’s fastest image sensors coupled with the fastest mechanical movements. The robot captures the human train of game within a millisecond, and forwards the information to the hand.
This ahead of time is the robot always at an advantage. No matter what symbol man decides to oppose white getting the better of the robot. In the latest version 3.0, the robot needs only 20 milliseconds, to form the corresponding icon with his hand while the man that needs about 60 milliseconds. This makes the technology for missile defenses, armed droids on the battlefield and even for drones that can repel bullets.
Money instead of morality
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution expressly prohibited to use the war as a political means. The country has no army, officially also, but only “self-defense forces” and so far has no offensive weapons such as long-range missiles and aircraft carriers. Through a reinterpretation of the Constitution, Japan’s Prime Minister has already expanded the usage possibilities for the army itself. Financial incentives profit the science now. While State funding for universities is steadily falling, there is more money for a closer cooperation of scientists and engineers with the Defense Department.
Thus, some researchers at Nippon hope for greater opportunities for basic research. Last year, the Ministry of defense in Tokyo issued a tender to scientists to take part in an in-house research project. Of the 109 applications were 58 universities and 22 by public research institutions. The remaining 29 applications came from the Ministry, partly by researchers from the industry.