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Sunday Discussion: Inside the Japanese Hotel Staffed by Robots

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Yep, robots are getting smarter and faster, and will soon be taking the jobs of some people.  One job, hotel workers!  A hotel in Japan Nagasaki’s Henn-na Hotel opened this year with a mechanised dinosaur at check-in, a robot that will take your luggage to your room, and even an robot companion that will help you turn off the lights.  Routinely at the forefront of robotics research, Japan has brought us some of the weirdest automatons, most lifelike androids, and cutest helper-bots.  So why not an hotel?

Henn-na Hotel CEO Hideo Sawada sells his offering as part of a utopian vision where robots take over manual labor so humans can turn their attention to more creative pursuits. Replacing staff with robots might reduce labor costs, but their appeal to visitors needs to last beyond novelty value.  Host Ben Ferguson checks-in at this hotel in their new series named Voyager.  Could robots really be our future holiday companions, or do man and machine ultimately get lost in translation?  Enjoy!


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