In the holiday slot last week, I wrote about the terrifying news coming out of the U.S. about an anticipated “AI uprising.” And just as Americans are getting ready to wage a war against their drones, Australia is engaged in a partial shutdown of its Internet and one of the most dire warnings I have read regarding the development of artificial intelligence has been in Japan, not the U.S.

The country’s significant tech sector is set to be the first to benefit from new AI technologies, and it is already leading the way in terms of using artificial intelligence and robotic technologies in business and in the workplace.

There have been several robots making major appearances in Japan during the past year. While robot stores in Japan won’t be hitting the streets for some time, the country has begun the process to see its robots take a more prominent role in everyday life, reports BBC News.

There is also a growing interest in artificial intelligence, especially in the field of robotics.

Japan's recent rise in popularity for robots and AI is largely due to two trends. Firstly, more factories in Japan are benefiting from robots, and they have become increasingly cost-effective.

Secondly, Tokyo has been working to boost artificial intelligence in the city’s public housing estates.

The Tokyo-based company NTT DOCOMO, is a pioneer in the field of robotics. Since the company introduced its first robot in its retail store in 2014, it has been selling robots for use in restaurants, stores, hospitals, and even in changing rooms.

TT-Line, a chatbot developed by NTT DOCOMO, reads out customer service queries in six languages and also has the capacity to answer multiple-choice questions. The robot can read manga comic books, visit funerals, and even sing lullabies to children.