Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Words cannot describe my child-like glee. As a young boy, I was suckered into the Japanese obsession with robots by Astro Boy and Johnny Socko. As a teen, this obsession was reinforced by Robotech, Carl Masek's heavily altered version of Japan's incredibly popular Macross series. Now the same people whose car I drive have added AI to their 1.2 m robot, ASIMO (named for the originator of the genre, Isaac Asimov). The Japanese have very different image of robots than most Westerners, which I have to say I share. And finally, since it's running through my head, here's a little musical interlude.