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Robots on hand to greet coronavirus patients in hotels


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Just what I was looking forward too!

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Society will make a big change. Even the coronavirus subsides, people will remain very cautious about the infectious diseases and social distancing will continue. Economy will not recover soon.

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Isn't AI just another way to say it works sometimes ?

The greeting bit , I can't care less. The cleaning tho worries me a bit.

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that robot looks pretty cute especially for a gimmick.

the robot vacuum cleaners are awesome though.

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Nice but dumb

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so a preprogrammed bot without ability to think for itself. Have we got a vacation for you! You...you...you...

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Easy to sneak out.

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That robot has more masks than I do.

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I pray the spread of the disease is contained as soon as possible

I hope this is a translation mistake rather than the actual language chosen. How on earth does a robot ‘pray’?

In my opinion, if we are going to make robots more visible in our societies, we shouldn’t really be pre programming them with religious based messages.

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Well that it, I’m sure everyone will feel so much better being greeted by a tablet with eyes, WTF!

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I assume it said some variation on “oinoriitashimasu”.

”Inoru” can be just as easily translated as “wish”, or “hope”. Religion isn’t implied.

Then again, you have to wonder how a robot can hope.... ; )

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I hope this is a translation mistake rather than the actual language chosen. How on earth does a robot ‘pray’?

Well, the language would have been chosen by a human, the robot is just a vessel of transport for the words.

That said, it appears the robot says 一日も早い回復を願っています (Link: https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200501-00000065-jij-pol), which uses the word 願っています (ねがっています negatteimasu) which in turn comes from the verb 願う - to pray - but as a colloquialism is more akin to hoping rather than praying.

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This is really what Japan needs right now... (Insert sarcasm)

Out of all OECD countries, Japan is performing the 2nd least amount of tests for the virus.... But we have robots in our hospitals!


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I hope that no enthusiastic patient would take Pepper home after recovery.

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Japan has secured more than 10,000 hotel rooms around the nation to put up patients with lighter symptoms, according to the Health Ministry.

An article here on JT two weeks ago stated the government had secured 200,000 hotel beds. So which figure should we believe.

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Robots would be able to dominate businesses requiring basic physical contacts with many unknown people.

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There is one of them at my mother in laws care home. It really hates me. I didn’t think a robot could have such an emotion, but I swear it doesn’t like me at all.

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Pepper should have a function to disinfect his i-pad by himself.

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robots ~ zzzzz

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This is why Japan is way behind with important technology - online banking, education, business - their pre-occupation in what are mostly cute useless robots.

Looks like there is one Robot to greet, and 3 staff to take care of the Robot.

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I can't believe they wrote this like no one in Japan knows who pepper is

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'Let's join our hearts......' seems like a dodgy translation.

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I have a robot at home already who is even colder than this one. But this one has an off switch which makes it a tad more bearable, but not by much.

I travel and enjoying staying at a hotel to get away, and have a human touch and be treated well, not have to deal with another robot or automatic check in. The hotels are trying to make things cute but the real reason is cost reductions for already low paid hotel employees. These robots will allow the hotel to let the doc and the more expensive nurse go home early. Charge me a little more and I'll take the human please. Let the robot 'clean the hot spots' and stay far away from me.

cx@vanityofvanities: "Society will make a big change. Even the coronavirus subsides, people will remain very cautious about the infectious diseases and social distancing will continue." I disagree, society will just learn to use a Kleenex, use hand sanitizer and wash their hands. We will be out in force on Day One.

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I guess that solves everything then

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Why these people don't go home to recover? They could monitored with phone calls if needed.

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One of these units costs about one year's salary for a human being, plus they break down, are annoying as hell, and will carry the virus on their surfaces longer if someone sneezes or coughs on them, which people are FAR more likely to do than on another person, since the robots can't clean themselves.

Another Koike waste of time and money.

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I propose Pepper for PM.

they had robots on hand to show spectators to their seats for the Olympics but still insist on using fax.

what a country of contradictions.

I was using fax in 1970.

why are they called “lawmakers” they only make suggestions

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Pepper the robot is annoying as possible. Much better to be greeted by a live human medical expert.

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