It’s no surprise Japan lead the way in robotics. The answer to a rapidly aging population and shrinking workforce is relatively simple to the most cyber punk of nations. Build whiter than white droids to take care of our every need. The home of almost one half of the world’s entire industrial robot population, Japan

Japan’s robot revolution has spread into sectors from health care, emergency services and even entered the home. Although ninety thousand dollars seems a bit too much to come home to fresh teppanyaki and a “welcome home” from a Cylon, compared against the cost of a full time carer this may well be an unavoidable reality to many. Which is why Japan is also leading the way to redefine our relationship with robots. A machine can not to replace human contact, can it?

Unfortunately we are some way away from attaining