Full automation no more for Japan’s robot hotel.
Japan’s iconic Henn-na — literally “Strange” — hotel has laid off half of the 243 robots it once commissioned to handle everyday operations.
IN fact, since opening in 2015, the hotel has raised publicity by “employing” hundreds of bizarre robots that ranged from bizarre-but-helpful-I-guess to downright annoying.
The report details was taken from The Wall Street Journal.
Some of the problems stem from creative ideas that didn’t pan out, like a robot velociraptor that staffed the check-in desk.
Others came from an inability to keep up with the breakneck pace of assistive technology, like how Churi, the personal assistant robot found in each room, could handle basic tasks but pales in comparison to the personal assistant that comes standard with any new smartphone.
In case after case, these robots proved too annoying or broke down too often to be worth the trouble, according to the WSJ. The velociraptor couldn’t handle foreign guests, for instance; human employees had to come over to photocopy their passports.
The report quite saddened but it just a manifestation that automation are not perfect at all but it challenges the researchers and scientists to come up with comprehensive and up to date robot that will surely give service, the exact amount that humans can offer.