Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, wants to hold a robot Olympics in 2020, in conjunction with the 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo. The event is expected to be the event to show the world the latest robotics technology. Japan itself is known as a pioneer in industrial robotics. No kidding, Abe also revealed plans to create a special task force to develop a robotics revolution.
“In 2020, I want to gather all the robots in the world and held an Olympics, so the robots can compete in technical skills,” Abe said, as quoted by the Telegraph of Jiji Press news agency. Abe added that the government would establish a council to make the robot revolution become a reality as efforts to help Japan.
Moreover, he asserts that the robotics industry is key to potentially help ‘refresh’ of the economy in the coming decades. Particularly in the context of population aging and declining workforce. Abe expressed hope Robot Olympiad held during a visit to a number of industry-related plant and care robots in Tokyo and Saitama.
On another occasion, founder of robotics company Cyberdyne, Yoshiyuki Sankai, hoping robots can be more widely accepted by society. “We do not want people to see someone who uses our products and think, ‘That must have been difficult’. Instead, we want people to see the robot and say, ‘Wow, that’s great’,” Sankai said.