Japan turning itself into Cyberman machine civilisation
Three million converted to undying robotoids by 2025
Enormous numbers of people are being replaced by (or perhaps converted into) robots, reports suggest, and the trend is set to continue.
Indeed, the issue has become so salient in Japan that a specialist thinktank, the Machine Industry Memorial Foundation (MIMF?), has been set up to monitor the gradual infiltration of society by mechanoid impostors.
Reuters reports that MIMF's latest estimates predict that 3.5 million Japanese workers - nearly three per cent of the population - will actually be automatic surrogates as of 2025.
In fact, the idea is that this is positive - the greying of Japan's population is well known, as is its failure to reproduce itself.
The Reuters scribes seem to imply that, rather than being invaded from within by an unwelcome droid fifth column, Japan will willingly convert itself from a flesh-based to a machine civilisation as a matter of choice, rather as the Cybermen (of Doctor Who fame) did in their remote past.
"Robots are important because they could help to alleviate... shortage of the labour force," said Takao Kobayashi of MIMF.
But there are still obstacles in the way before the Land of the Rising Sun can go fully cyborg: it seems that ageing Japanese citizens remain reluctant to be converted into eternal machine workers.
Blighty is thought by some to be facing a similar problem, as noted media robomageddon professor and gladiatordroid expert Noel Sharkey has famously said:
This has become a passion for me. There is a cultural mythology about robots... there are some real dangers that we may soon have to face. We need proper informed public debate... we must decide what we want from them before we dehumanize ourselves further.
"People need to have the will," adds Kobayashi.
Read all about it from Reuters here. ®
I thought that they are already ALL robots NOW !!
perhaps. but i just like to point out that some inbred populations (namely where i am originally from) such as sardinia have had surprising results. According to a BBC article about places where people live the longest (and i quote):
In Ovodda (Sardinia), this interbreeding actually seems to have enabled people to live longer. The limited gene pool has provided a unique opportunity to discover specific genes that are associated with long life. Professor Deiana has detected a number of unusual genetic characteristics that seem to link the centenarians of Ovodda.
"One particular gene on the X chromosome seems to be faulty, failing to produce an enzyme known as G6PD. This can often have a negative impact on health, but in Ovodda it may well have had a positive effect."
The role G6PD may play in living longer is now being researched further, but the professor is convinced the genetic elixir of life lies with the families of Ovodda.
unquote. so a tiny fraction of inbreeding apparently has positive effects (and i do only say tiny fraction!!!)
I'm glad I'm alone in my initial thought being "To much GITS".
But when/if you are ready to start taking orders for Tachikoma units, please put me down for a pair...