Humanoid robotics a key focus of China’s seven-ministry high-tech policy outline

These include high-torque servo motor, highly dynamic motion planning and control, bionic perception and recognition, nimble robotic hand, and tactile e-skin.

China’s seven ministries issued a joint policy directive on January 29, aimed at encouraging the development of the nation’s high-tech sectors between 2025 and 2027.

Humanoid robotics is one of the 10 iconic tech products in need of being tapped according to the directive.

The document was released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology together with six other agencies like the ministries of education as well as science and technology.

In the realm of humanoid robotics, the authorities listed a handful of major breakthroughs that are required to turbo-charge humanoid robotics, a fast-expanding segment worldwide.

These include high-torque servo motor, highly dynamic motion planning and control, bionic perception and recognition, nimble robotic hand, and tactile e-skin.

The directive also emphasizes the need to develop technologies with use cases in smart manufacturing, home service and hazardous workplaces.

In addition to humanoid robotics, the nine other iconic tech domains include quantum computer, brain-computer interface, 6G networks and so on.

The directive also spells out six new segments that the country looks to foster.

They span areas ranging from automated manufacturing and the next-generation wireless telecommunication to future-looking energy services and new materials science.

Specifically, manufacturers in the future could leverage bioengineering, nanometer and laser beam technologies to improve their processes, the directive says.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Trip.com Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at nitao0927@gmail.com.

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