Table: What Robots Could Do for Japan

Intelligent machines could create juicy new markets. Forecasts call for health-care robots to quadruple in the second half of this decade, and smart bots doing other nonmanufacturing jobs could post double-digit growth rates

PROJECTED SALES ($ MILLIONS) APPLICATION 2005 2010

TRANSPORTATION, $450 $860 WAREHOUSING

AGRICULTURE, 390 800 FISHING

MEDICAL, 250 1,050 HEALTH CARE

UTILITIES, 190 320 POWER PLANTS

GARBAGE 130 350 DISPOSAL

RETAIL, 125 300 DISTRIBUTION

FACTORIES 7,030 8,000

Data: Japan Robot Assn.

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