Fred Schodt on MangoBot

Thumb160x_interviewI wrote about Fred Schodt, Tezuka’s long-time interpreter and predictor of Japan’s humanoid robot craze, on io9 last week:

In the spring of 1988, Japanese publisher Kodansha released a revealing English-language book titled Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, Mechatronics, and the Coming Robotopia.
The book predicted a new era when humanoid robots would dominate
Japanese society in the same way that industrial robots were then
dominating behind-the-scenes manufacturing in the country. It was a
topic that nobody in the Western world knew much about at all.

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