Tech of the Day: Japan is opening a hotel staffed by creepy robots

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Jul 10, 2013
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A new hotel is opening up in a theme park in Nagasaki, Japan. It'll be staffed by robots.

"From the press release:

Robots will provide a wide range of services at the hotel, including room cleaning, front desk and porter services, meaning you could be checked in by robots and have robots carry your bags your room!

Instead of keys, the Henn-na Hotel will also use facial recognition to let you into your room which will cost about $60 per night."
 

Grant Ritchie

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A new hotel is opening up in a theme park in Nagasaki, Japan. It'll be staffed by robots.

"From the press release:

Robots will provide a wide range of services at the hotel, including room cleaning, front desk and porter services, meaning you could be checked in by robots and have robots carry your bags your room!

Instead of keys, the Henn-na Hotel will also use facial recognition to let you into your room which will cost about $60 per night."
Eew... that's kinda eerie. I'm convinced that when the brave new world arrives, it will be in Japan. :eek:
 
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In a world where Google and Tesla have both predicted a Self-Driving car for sale to everyone by 2020, I think we've gotta' get used to it! What percentage of homes have a robot floor sweeper today?

Myself, I had a time when I was stuck in a hotel room trying to complete a project and the maid(s) show up. It was in the South, and I had a problem with the language barrier when she wanted to know if "you want your room Hoovered?" It took a bit for her to explain that she meant she wanted to Vacuum - I had to leave while she did it to keep from laughing at the expression. Would a robot have been less distracting?

When you go into fast food places (the first one I saw was in Silicon Valley) you have to option of ordering on a touchscreen. How long is it before food will be mostly prepared by mechanical "hands."

Get used to it. As wages go up, and inflation deteriorates our purchasing power, and our system discourages people from taking some service jobs, it becomes more and more cost effective to use technology in place of people. Robots don't call in because their child is ill or for maternity leave.
 
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