Welcome to the world of Dino, Mario, Conny and Alexa, the celebrated stars of CES in Los Angeles in January 2017. These personal robots were built and programmed by companies like IBM, Amazon, Softbank etc.
“In a science fiction future, we’ll arrive at a hotel in our driverless taxi, check in at the reception desk staffed by androids then follow the robot porter as it carries our bags to our room. Except, of course, this is already science fact”, says Barry Neild from CNN. Robots are already working in some hotels worldwide, here are a few examples:
Dino works at the Henn-na hotel in Japan, a hotel staffed entirely by machines
Mario works at the Marriott hotel in Ghent, Belgium, which staffs this diminutive humanoid robot since 2015. He welcomes guests in 19 languages and guards the buffet.
Conny works at the Hilton hotel, she’s taken up a concierge position.
And Alexa works at my home as my personal assistant, letting me know of today’s news and weather, she times my bbq cooking sessions, plays me the latest weekly music from Spotify and much more.