The Rockman series is known for its depiction of "robotic driven societies," eras in which real, working, autonomous machines have replaced the need for humans in a number of occupations. Inafune (and countless other "dreamers") believed a robot driven society would be common place by the late 00's, but as you and I both know, such a world has yet to be realized. However, that might change in the very near future:
Back in January, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation aired a report on Japan's attempt to implement robots in the workforce in hopes of overcome problems created by age and the diminishing birth rate. If successful, the country would see a revitalization in a number of markets, subsequently enriching the economy back to health.
If you have the time, please do check out the documentary below -- it's simply fascinating: