Cybernetic Shoulder Technology (!!!)
Robots don’t need shoulders, not really. There are several possible mechanisms to allow them to make all necessary motion without the need of shoulders. Which is good, because the joint with the highest mobility in the human body is extremely complex.
But Japan has a problem. The birthrate is dropping rapidly, and Japanese society is xenophobic not necessarily easy for outsiders to adapt to, which means that the usual import of foreign labor is not an attractive option. This in turn translates into an increasing demand for robots, not only at the factory but also in the household, care center (maids, nurses, etc.). Such robots will ideally be humanoid in shape, to make for a comfortable living environment for their human overlords (imagine being tended to at the hospital by a nurse that looks like a meat grinder). Humanoid robots need shoulders. So scientists are working hard. See here.
Doujinshi artists like Nadeara Bukichi (aka Nadia Love Kitty, from Z-Vector circle) are hard at work too, lending their hands to this important work which could save or doom the Japanese nation. As consumers of anime and manga, we should all be concerned. Let me present a harrowing scenario:
A light-novelist becomes successful enough to hire a maid. He calls up Lolitarobotica Industries and acquires a cute little lolibot to help around the house. She sounds like Soundwave from Transformers when she speaks, but she’s a hard-worker and an ace at using –masu and desu correctly!
The weekend comes around. The proud novelist takes his lolibot to a karaoke club to meet all his buddies. Alcohol is consumed in copious quantities and the friends decide to close the gathering with a series of banzai screams. The maid is throwing everyone off (think of Soundwave yelling “banzai”) but that’s not the worst of it. As she raises her arms in the traditional form her shoulder gives out. Lolibot can’t operate anymore.
So the light-novelist gets a refund for his robot and hires a real maid. [I was going to make her a Filipino, but I’m acquainted with so many Filipino bloggers I’d rather not risk offending them. My wife is Thai, so that’s out of the question.] The maid is Vietnamese. Her Japanese is poor. Sure, her shoulder’s wonderful, but that just means she slaps his friends that much harder when they try to grope her at the karaoke bar. She wants Tet off.
Our novelist gets depressed. He decides to get a non-humanoid robot to take care of his chores, but XYZ567 looks just like a meat grinder and he ends up returning it. He gets even more depressed. The tenth volume of his popular series is waiting on the shelfs. He’s blocked up, he can’t write ~ and his name is Nagaru Tanigawa! The creator of Haruhi Suzumiya! The actual goddess Haruhi gets angry and engulfs the world in one epic conflagration, just because our cybernetic shoulder technology is not up to par.
Or, if you follow my pet theory that Aya Hirano is the real goddess, then the tenth volume not appearing means the second season of the anime never gets done. The fans storm Kyoto Animation and set fire to the building. Aya is inside. She’s immortal so she’s not dead, but she’s quite upset and she engulfs the world in one epic conflagration, just because our cybernetic shoulder technology is not up to par.
This is therefore something of much interest to all. Besides, Nadeara Bukichi knows how to exploit the rainbow of grays between pure black and pure white, making his work colorful without color. The use of sections of the cover image as background to the pages inside is also superb. To check out his artful contribution to the quest for a better cybernetic shoulder, please pay a visit here.