A female robot servant that understands 16 phrases and serves drinks is one of the highlights of this summer's Robot Playland display in Tokyo.
CUs Elephant-type robot trunk with camera fitted into the end. (2 SHOTS)
CUs Camera on trunk moving through glass obstacle by turning corners. (2 SHOTS)
SM Children watching.
SVs Robot carrying tray with drinks and serving them to customers. (4 SHOTS)
CUs Robot mechanical arm operating dragon. (2 SHOTS)
SV Woman with children.
SVs Hand operating robot toys. (2 SHOTS)
CUs Integrated circuit card placed into machine starting mechanical band. (7 SHOTS)
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Background: A female robot servant that understands 16 phrases and serves drinks is one of the highlights of this summer's Robot Playland display in Tokyo. While the display is designed to entertain, the robots do have very practical uses. A flexible arm resembling an elephant's trunk can inspect areas which are too small or dangerous for humans. The trunk is fitted with a colour camera and has over 100 sensors. Other robots can be programmed to repeat the same basic action over and over again. The Robot Playland also features robot toys activated by the hear from human hands and its own robot band controlled by an integrated circuit card. Japan is by far the world's largest user of industrial robots. In 1983 there were over 30 thousand industrial robots in use in the world, with the Japanese having almost half that number. Fears have been expressed that the introduction of industrial robots will cause job losses; however, a study released in 1983 suggests that might not be the case. The study, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation, says that 0.5 per cent of jobs in manufacturing industries will be lost through the introduction of robots up to 1985. The study also suggests that the introduction of robots may even preserve employment by increasing productivity and boosting output. Although the study says some workers will be displayed by robots, job losses may be offset by moving workers to other industrial jobs that require higher skills.