Our worst nightmare has finally come true; robots are taking over! And these robots are just as much capable as humans, and possibly even has humane as we are.
The Japanese–no shocker there, since they are one of the leading countries in advanced technology–recently came up with a plan to equip robots instead of human staff in a hotel built for this purpose.
We are anticipating for this to arrive on July 17, when the first phase of the newly built hotel named “Henn-na Hotel”- which translates into Strange Hote, is to start operating in Nagasaki with 72 rooms available at a cost of just $60 per night for a single. This Netherlands themed Huis Ten Bosch amusement park will be the first hotel to have robots all over for service. Thanks to the constant development of technology, these robots not only have the ability to respond to body language speech, they can also make eye contact and breathe. The most convenient part of this plan is that these robots are programmed to speak more than three languages including English, Korean and Japanese. Guests would be able to engage in intelligent conversations with these robots. They will tend to every need that a human staff at a hotel could possibly tend to such as carry luggage, clean rooms and even make coffee. Nonetheless, as it is only the first time such a plan has been carried out, there will be several human staff present for some time, as to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Hideo Sawada, the president of Huis Ten Bosch claimed in a Nikkei News interview that he hopes 90% of the hotel will be run by robots soon and that he hopes to build 1,000 similar hotels around the world. This sure would spark some fear and excitement in the community. Imagine having a robot tend to your every need and having a conversation about your day with one– as creepy as it could be, they say it is the “a commitment for evolution”.
– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)
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