Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
"I'm TECHN'O'TAKU II'D'UKA (Henceforth, it is written as "TECHNOTAK"). I'm a freelance editor / writer, whose publishing articles to magazines, web-medias, etc. I like "TECHNO-POP", and things that stir up the same feeling as it. First I was working in an editorial department of a video game magazine "JUGEMU". After I left this magazine, I was writing articles to the magazine "KENGUY" on topics such as LSI games and Nintendo's GAME & WATCH, which is an early game-pc.
Moreover, I am also an EXPO-fan. In accordance with EXPO2005 that was held in Japan, I made articles about EXPO'70, '85, and the history of EXPO in the world".

"Later on, I was working on editing a book on the robot creator  "Tomotaka Takahashi", which was published in 2006. The year after I published my own book: "Omnibot Fan Book"".

"I have also been working as a substantial curator of robot-related exhibitions. The "Robot Chronicle" (2006-2007) at the Robot Museum in Nagoya (that is already closed now!) and the "Cybernics Chronicle" (2008-?) at CYBERDYNE STUDIO, which was a part of their opening".

"The video report from "the Robot Museum in Nagoya" (2006-2007). The person who narrate in this video is TECHNOTAK!".

How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
"I spent my childhood in the 1970s. At that time, in the world of animations and science fiction, in Japan, it was the heyday of the giant robot pilot types such as TOKUSATSU (Japanese SFX), Super Robot "Mazinger-Z" and Real Robot "Gundam"".

"In the 1980s, micro-electronics, personal-computers, video-games anticipated a new era in "the Dreamful 21st century".
The real robot research attention started to appear in connection to the Science EXPO '85 in TSUKUBA. Both before and after the EXPO-exhibition many large scale robot exhibitions were held and many books were published on robots".

"Among all these original experiences I think that's the reason why my generation had a natural interest in robots".

What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
"I still think that it should appeal to children, becuase a robot is a dream that is realized of technology. So we should give our children the opportunity to dream more".

If you have any closing remarks or comments about robots / robotics, then go ahead.
"Humans are created as a similitude of God himself.
If so, it will be necessary for humans to make a robot that look like themselves.
The dream of a robot: It is immortal as long the human dreams".


Case Study:
Japanese Robots in Pop Culture by Technotak

[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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Akira Ii'd'uka

TECHN'O'TAKU II'D'UKA is a freelance editor / writer, who is the author of "Omnibot Fan Book". He has during the years published articles to magazines and web-medias, and worked as a substantial curator of robot-related exhibitions in Japan.