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Japan eyes use of robots to boost COVID-19 testing

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Unnecessary, expensive, and inefficient. But i'm not surprised.

25 ( +26 / -1 )

Just test how other first world countries are testing already. Enough with this fooling around. Japan, your robot technology, which isn't all that, isn't going to save you from anything.

27 ( +28 / -1 )

No thanks!

If this Robot has a malfunction, he puts the stick directly through my nose into my brain.

Too scary....

The health minister should watch first I-Robot.

15 ( +16 / -1 )

So more tax dollars funnelled to J-inc.

21 ( +21 / -0 )

How about androids? That’s what we wanna know.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

How about test people instead of wasting time making a robot to do it. Oh that’s why, because when something goes wrong we can blame the robot

19 ( +19 / -0 )

Yes, I understand the frustration. I mean the vaccine itself has Nanoparticles in it; A technology that vastly outshines any robotic arm that gives shots. Now, if they can revolutionize the way we take injections all together; one that doesn't even require using a needle, now that's worth investing.

However, I am sure that the research, development, design, and construction did in fact create lots of jobs, and could create more in the future. So, there is the silver lining.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Japan has weathered the pandemic better than most major economies.

Is it's based by the number of infected?

I would use the same thought process and state that -

North Korea has weathered the pandemic better than most major economies.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

"Unnecessary, " Tell that to health care worker, who has to risk his or her life to conduct the test. As the article stated: "Its developers say it offers greater efficiencies of scale and better protection for medical workers,"

"expensive," If it saves one medical worker's life, it is worth every yen.

" inefficient." As the article stated:The system is housed in mobile, 40-foot shipping containers that would be able to process up to 2,000 samples every 16 hours.

-16 ( +0 / -16 )

Why complicate something so simple?

Also, no one believes the “boosting testing news” anymore.

It will remain extremely low at below 9,000 average/day in Tokyo - with or without robots - until the end of the pandemic.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

Now we know where a lot of the extra budget goes, to the major companies to come up with useless automation. Making canons to shoot at flies.

just put a gun maker together with these paint pistol makers ( for painting not paintball ) to make injection guns which inject the right amount of vaccine, eject the used needle in a collector clip and lines up a new one, to speed up the inoculations.

should be no problem for those engineers to make.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Why complicate something so simple?

Indeed...why not simply do what other countries do and let nurses & pharmacists take the samples instead of just doctors. Simple and effective. Also what happened to the mobile PCR testing centers? Guess expensive robots are better since J- Inc cronies can get more of their cake.

Also, no one believes the “boosting testing news” anymore.

It will remain extremely low at below 9,000 average/day in Tokyo - with or without robots - until the end of the pandemic.

Or at least until the Olympics are officially canned, then the testing capacity would magically increase.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

and can deliver the results in about 80 minutes.

Efficient, fast. How about cost?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Nice social distancing in the photo.

Oh that's right - I forgot! Rules only applies to those outside of politics.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

It's a fallacy. Efficiency is not going to increase since the robot must be operated by staff anyway.

It will have the opposite effect and become a process bottleneck, but it's okay because taxpayers love it when their hard earned money is wasted on pointless initiatives...

7 ( +7 / -0 )

From the start of the pandemic, Japan has done fewer tests than other major economies, focusing on infection clusters and virus tracing.

Journalistic Standards have fallen very very badly. It is utter laziness, If you are writing an article and cannot do even a basic search on the net to corroborate numbers. Not only major economies, Japan has done fewer tests than many 3rd world countries. Saying Japan focuses on infection clusters and virus tracing is far from the truth and reality, the tracing app Cocoa is anunused and useless, You cannot say it is Virus tracing, when the route of infection of more than half of cases are unknown, testing is low and requirements to be classified as being in close contact are ambiguous. Unbelievable, the author didn't even bother to find out the price of the equipment.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

This article comes straight after another one which says there are no jobs and many Japanese live in poverty.

It looks like a futuristic, 'cool' image is more important than humans' livelihoods and, indeed, lives. Late-stage capitalism at its best.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

For research purposes, okay. But "to boost" the testing capacity? That's a reach.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Always robots. Still peddling the belief the robots will save us.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

How about some robots to run this country and actually make some progress?

just get testing Japan! This is embarrassing.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

"Nice social distancing in the photo.

Oh that's right - I forgot! Rules only applies to those outside of politics."

But everyone is wearing masks.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

"Why complicate something so simple?"

Ahhh.... because it is not simple. A health care worker has to take the sample from a person and as a result put himself or herself in danger. Here is some info:

Health care workers most at risk for COVID-19

A new study finds nurses have the highest prevalence of infection

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201116125608.htm

Please do some thinking.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

I've taken a corona test. It was spitting in a vial. I don't see why people can't just enter a clinic, spit in the vial themselves, seal it in a bag and then leave it to be safely collected.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

It would be a great idea if Japan was actually serious about testing, wouldn’t it?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Nice social distancing in the photo.

Oh that's right - I forgot! Rules only applies to those outside of politics."

But everyone is wearing masks.

The belief that masks alone is enough is contributing to the spread of the virus. You need to wear a mask, keep 2 metres away from others where possible and wash your hands. Keep windows open too.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Please do some thinking.

Unfortunately it is also not that simple =)

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

But everyone is wearing masks.

The belief that masks alone is enough is contributing to the spread of the virus. You need to wear a mask, keep 2 metres away from others where possible

Poster you quoted probably meant that because people were wearing masks its not strictly necessary to keep the full distance.

Distance recommendations are based on projected distance unfettered droplets could travel

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Check out Draganfly - drone company that does amazing things with cameras, including taking temperature.

https://post.futurimedia.com/wlsam/playlist/a-drone-saved-someone-s-life-is-technology-the-way-out-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-7057.html?smc=67

$DFLYF on the OTC.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

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