• The idea comes from a perceived need for such tech in various private sector fields, claims the Robot Revolution Initiative, which is joined by over 200 Japanese brands, including Toyota, Honda and Panasonic, according to the Japan Times. A long list of institutions is also on board. 
  • The idea could come to fruition as soon as 2020, with the PM pledging to expand the size of the robot market from the current 600 billion Yen (approx. $5.34 billion) to some 2.4 trillion (just over $20 billion). 
  • According to the IO9 website, a survey conducted in 2007 revealed that 40 percent of the nation’s women in their 20s and 30s actually talk to their computers. Another 10 percent give them names. 

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