Henn na hotel

Good morning everyone,

Well, you don't need a weatherman to tell you that it's raining outside. It's absolutely bucketing down out there right now. The heavy rain will continue through this morning's commute but should ease up around lunchtime and then we can expect a cloudy end to the day. The next couple of days will see sun and clouds before turning back to rain on Saturday and Sunday.

Did you know that the world’s first hotel staffed by robots opened last month near Nagasaki, Japan (where else?)? (Well, technically, it didn't open last month-it was just renovated...)
henn na hotel check in

Robots are taking off in Japan and several companies manufacture them for service. In April the Tokyo branch of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi put a humanoid robot on reception; Nestlé is investing in robots to sell coffee makers in stores across the country; and robots guide visitors round the capital’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

At 3pm the velociraptor jerks to life and says, in an American accent, “Welcome to the Henn-na hotel. If you want to check in, press one.” Even if you start tapping the screen to check in, the fantasy of a futuristic world is soon lost (for foreign visitors) as a real live human pop out from behind the curtain to ask for your passport, leaving the robot to fall into a state of inertia. How disappointing.


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