In the latest artificial intelligence news, a robot hotel in Japan is set to open this summer, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.
The Henn-na Hotel will open in the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, modeled after a typical Dutch town. Guests in the hotel will be serviced by robots who will clean rooms, carry bags to rooms, and deliver room service. The hotel’s fleet will be made up of 10 robots, with future plans to have the mechanical servants perform more than 90% of the hotel services.
“We will make the most efficient hotel in the world,” company President Hideo Sawada told a news conference.
Rooms in the futuristic robot hotel will start at a cost of around 7,000 yen per night. The first part of the hotel is scheduled to open in July, with a second part planned for 2016.
A photo on the Japan National Tourism Organization’s website shows what appears to be a rather realistic-looking female front-desk robot named Iwazume. She could not be reached for comment.