Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics, and the Coming Robotopia

  title={Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics, and the Coming Robotopia},
  author={Frederick L. Schodt},
Argues that the U.S. is falling behind Japan in robotics, looks at the use of robots in Japanese industry, and assesses the impact of robots on the future. 

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