Technology development

Technology development is big challenge for Bangladesh after graduating from LDC, says Japanese envoy

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki said innovation and technological development will play a key role in facing new challenges as Bangladesh soon graduates from LDC status, UNB reports.

He made the remarks during a webinar jointly hosted by the Japanese Embassy in Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Robot Olympiad recently.

Takahashi Tomotaka, CEO of Robo Garage Co. Ltd., spoke during the webinar on “Creating a New Era of Robots,” the embassy said Monday.

Ambassador Naoki said Takahashi’s works inspire young students to realize new avenues in high-tech engineering and its practical application in Bangladesh.

In his lecture, Takahashi, the well-known Japanese robot designer, showed the video of a KIROBO robot astronaut on a mission aboard the International Space Station.

The world’s best-selling humanoid, ROBI, and Guinness record holder Evolt were also featured.

He demonstrated his creation, RoBoHon, a robotic smartphone, which spoke and danced; and highlighted the importance of curiosity and fun to surviving the age of robots and AI.

Mentioning that nowadays most inventions start from fun, he hopes young students will focus on their curiosity and fun as the most important things. “Innovators should profit with pleasure.”

Prof. Dr. Lafifa Jamal, Chairman of the Bangladesh Robot Olympiad Committee, moderated the webinar.

She hoped to expand research and technical collaboration between Japan and Bangladesh and work together in the era of the 4th revolution in technology.

When asked by Bangladesh Robot Olympiad to travel to Bangladesh for an in-person conference, Takahashi responded positively that he would like to travel to Bangladesh once the Covid-19 situation improves.

Students, researchers, teachers, engineers were present among the participants.