On the cover: Virtual personality Kyoko Date shows that AI is an idea with legs.
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|Attack of the killer freestyle SKI-BOT
This ski-jumping robot lands upright -- mostly.
|Happy birthday to us
A look back on the events -- from Bit Valley to biotech -- that helped define our first 2 years.
|Off the Economic Radar with Eamonn Fingleton
A book-writing contrarian says high-tech manufacturing puts Japan at the top of the heap -- above even the United States.
|Japan helps knit the global net
Japan emerges as a key player in international IT and e-business development programs.
PDAs rule. Here are the top ten.
This month: Payment-One, robotics developer ZMP, sculptor Shunji Mitsuyoshi's AGI, and more.
|Roboman Satoshi Amagai
The head of Sony's Entertainment Robot Company says the firm's famous robopooch isn't a word processor, but maybe it'll read your mail for you.
|From the Editor
The way you shop, work, and play (and who you idolize) online has been fundamentally altered by artificial intelligence. We help you navigate the next revolution.
|Japanese Aesthetics and High-Tech Design
The tea ceremony, ikebana, and bonsai are microcosms perfected -- just like cellphones, Web-enabled appliances, and other silicon gadgets.
The JDEX reflects the bad year that tech stocks had in 2001. We hope that Japan's economy -- and our index -- has bottomed out.
|Market Entry Special
Entering Japan: Proceed with caution, but don't wait too long...
Our favorite fugu says "chiizu," picks at public toothpick use, and shares the innermost secrets of office ladies.
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