The eventual cybernetic revolt may be more hospitable than previously imagined. Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture, will soon be opening a hotel that will employ a robot staff.
The Henn-na Hotel, which means the Strange Hotel, plans to use robotic receptionists at the front desk. These androids are known as actroids, robots that closely resemble humans. The actroids will help visitors check-in and will be programmed to have regular conversations.
Will they be able to provide restaurant recommendations? Would you even trust a restaurant recommendation from a robot?
The hotel will also have porter robots and service robots to perform duties such as cleaning.
The Henn-na Hotel will be located in Huis Ten Bosch, a Netherlands-inspired theme park. It will open on July 17 with 72 rooms available. There will be 72 more rooms available in 2016.
Hideo Sawada, the president of Huis Ten Bosch, envisions the androids maintaining 90 percent of the property.
“In the future, we’re hoping to build 1,000 similar hotels around the world,” Sawada told ‘Nikkei News’.
In addition to potential robo-concierges (i.e. my new favorite movie that has yet to be made), the Henn-na Hotel will have other futuristic elements. Guests can enter rooms via facial-recognition and a radiation panel can adjust the temperature of the room according to a guest’s body heat.
Guests will be able to bid for rooms during the hotel’s peak seasons with prices starting out at around $60 to $153 for a single.
If you’re ready to make a reservation, you can do so now on the hotel’s website. When you do stay there, please let us know how you tip a robot. Is it with batteries? It must be with batteries.