August 13, 2017 at 11:28 pm

AI to Help Transcribe Tsugaru Dialect into Standard Japanese

Local dialects are plentiful in Japan - the heaviest in Kagoshima, Kyushu, and Tsugaru up north in Aomori. In the feudal period, heavy dialects often served convenient tools to tell strangers apart for security as in Kagoshima where the Lord of Shimazu did utilize the barrier of dialects for self-defense.

March 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm

3-Nation Round Robin in Game of Go Featuring DeepZenGo

Tokyo stages a round robin in the game of Go featuring Japan, China, South Korea and DeepZenGo starting tomorrow, March 21.

March 15, 2017 at 1:18 am

University of Tokyo and Sony Join Hands in AI and VR Studies

A charming development is on the horizon for rearing a fresh generation of researchers to advance technology in the areas of AI and VR.

March 8, 2017 at 2:13 am

AI Now Employed to Check HFT at Tokyo Stock Exchange

Only last year AI shocked the world by trouncing the world's top Go professional, a while ago the top poker player bowed to an AI program and now - stock exchanges are turning to AI devices for vital stock exchange functions.

November 30, 2016 at 8:57 am

AI for Cancer Treatment

The National Cancer Center announced November 29 that a project is underway to employ AI to develop the best cancer treatment.

November 26, 2016 at 6:39 am

Cho Trounced DeepZenGo in Match 3

It was a lopsided match, folks - the Match 3 between Japan's AI Go machine DeepZenGo and Grandmaster Cho Chikun of Japan.

November 23, 2016 at 12:23 am

DeepZenGo Downed Grandmaster Cho Chikun in Match 2

The face-off between DeepZenGo and Grandmaster ChoChikun in Match 2 ended with the Japanese AI Go trouncing its human counterpart in a humiliating chuoshi or large margin, November 19

August 8, 2016 at 8:36 am

Android that "Expresses" like Human

You recall a few installments away two episodes on a computer chess wizard that had beaten a human Go grandmaster. Well, I have here an episode on a humanlike android that behaves and expresses like a human.

April 13, 2016 at 9:43 am

Humanoid Robot "Pepper" Admitted to High School in Fukushima

I'm Nathan Shiga and today I'll tell you about a robot enrolled in a high school up north in Fukushima victimized by the Northeast Japan quake.

March 21, 2016 at 10:31 am

"AlphaGo" Then; "Zen" Now: The AI Game of Go

Today's is a follow-up episode to the earlier story on AI vs. human in the game of Go.

March 14, 2016 at 8:44 am

Google’s AI "DeepMind" Trounced Human Mind - The Last Day of Go

It happened - it happened ten years too early. The supposedly world's strongest master of the game of Go bowed to an artificial intelligence "in the person of " AlphaGo consecutively losing the first three of the scheduled five matches, March 9, 2016.

March 10, 2016 at 7:07 am

Google's AlphaGo (DeepMind) Beat Top Human Go Master

This episode has not directly to do Japan but allow me indulge on my own curiosity on a fierce rivalry between human and machine in the world of Go.

February 22, 2016 at 1:07 am

IBM's "Watson" Now Talks in Japanese

I'm Nathan Shiga and I have thought Japan is cutting edge in robotics and never thought IBM was that close behind us.

February 20, 2016 at 2:42 am

PC Threatens to Outsmart Man in Game of Go

This in incredible - simply unheard-of. It's something everybody had thought would be hard to come by.