Japan has a demographics challenge — its population is declining. As a result, the country is spearheading research into advanced robotics that will supplement, or maybe even supplant, its workforce.

The country’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has been tasked with helping to accelerate Japan’s automated future by bridging the gap between pure robotics research and commercialization.

The decidedly boring name of HRP-5P has been assigned to one of its most sophisticated works-in-progress. Have a look at this machine in action:

This robot is designed to operate on construction sites and in shipyards. However, with cutting-edge artificial intelligence, the robot’s applications begin to stretch up and down entire supply chains.

It will be interesting to see how quickly AIST technology begins to permeate Japan — and the world.

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