The annual 'Robotics Fair' in Kyoto, Japan, opened today with our Nipponese brethren declaring that robots will take over the world, because the Japanese don't want their kids doing mundane jobs, so the robots will not only take over the mundane employment opportunities in Japan, but globally.
The Japanese have approached the problem of lack of job satisfaction by throwing themselves into it with their customary zeal. Which augurs badly for America and the rest of the developed world. Perhaps more poignantly, it seems that third world industry will also be dominated by robots.
Robots can sew three times as fast as any human, they can also flip burgers, knock up pizzas, park your car, carry your bags, drive you around your local airport, serve drinks while cracking gags in your local bar, do the laundry, the dishes, and put up shelves.
However, showbiz legend George Lucas, creator of the world's most famous robots - R2D2 and C3PO out of Star Wars - told us:
"I prefer robots to be people. C3PO was just a guy in a suit. R2D2 was actor Anthony Daniels in a glorified dustbin. Or was that Kenny Baker? Who cares? I loved those robot guys. That's how I like my robots - with a human core. That's just the way it ought to be."
'Robotics Fair' Director, Hector De Los Reredos Poissoniere Sagrada Familia Takamoto Tuna-Fish Tony, dismissed Lucas as: "Some old dude stuck up his own ass in the past. The robots are coming!"
What will happen to working people across the world remains a mystery.
But we should all take consolation from the fact that Japanese kids will, in future be able to play on their game consoles all day and night and gorge on sushi while the rest of the world's poor starve.