January 17, 2019

"Robots Ruin Robot Hotel."

Gizmodo reports.

First, there was the robot in the room that gets activated when it hears you snore and says “Sorry, I couldn’t catch that. Could you repeat your request?” and wakes you up. And: "The robot in our room is irritating. It speaks when we are in a conversation, but it could not help us when when we needed it.

Then there was the "puppy robot dancers in the lobby," the "humanoid concierge robots," and the "dinosaur robots at check-in," and the robot bellhops...
... but they apparently only work for a small percentage of the total rooms, can only move along flat surfaces, and are prone to wonking out if they get wet on trips outside. “They were really slow and noisy, and would get stuck trying to go past each other”....
Oh, no. Is this the best they could offer?



ADDED: In other robot news, "These Googly-Eyed Robots Could Be Coming to a Grocery Aisle Near You. Here's What They Do" (Fortune):
Marty himself won’t do any of the cleaning—that job will still be handled by human employees. Instead, he’ll page employees when he detects an issue. While he’s rolling through the aisles, he’ll also be on the lookout for out-of-stock items.

17 comments:

Darrell said...

Is this the best they could offer?

Unfortunately, yes.
This sort of operation has to be designed from the ground up, not scarfed together with off-the-shelf products.

Darrell said...

Watch that Sleeper clip with 2019 eyes.
I feel ashamed that I ever liked it. Note the painting of the little girl at the end, while he is playing with his single ball. Note his immediate propensity of violence toward women.

Temujin said...

At least we got to see a clip from "Sleeper". Hilarious.

"It's tobacco. It's one of the healthiest things for your body."

Temujin said...

Watch Sleeper with eyes on humor, not with 2019 eyes, There is no humor in 2019.

Darrell said...

I was amazed at how amateurish it looked. Like a crappy Improv troop.

jim said...

I live in Pennsylvania, and shop at Giant occasionally. I'm trying to figure out ways to physically sabotage this thing, just because.

Any ideas? Maybe a circle of oil on the floor to immobilize it?

Ann Althouse said...

"I was amazed at how amateurish it looked...."

I remember how great it felt at the time and how funny Woody as a robot was, but now I think if your going to do a major movie with a human being playing a robot, you should have really first class mime skills. I guess the excuse was that the character was suddenly forced to pretend to be a robot and he was terrible at it.

Look at how much better Charlie Chaplin did with basically the same task: here.

Ann Althouse said...

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gilbar said...

Look at how much better Charlie Chaplin did with basically the same task...

Charlie was better with Everything! just look at Oona !

Ignorance is Bliss said...

...I think if your going to do a major movie with a human being playing a robot, you should have really first class mime skills.

Anthony Daniels... is an English actor and mime artist. He is best known for playing C-3PO in the Star Wars film series.

William said...

Ex Machina is the best robot movie ever made.......The first generation of automobiles were death machines. They got better. These current robots are Stone Age tools. They will evolve much quicker than finch beaks.

chuck said...

Should be a character in Sesame Street.

Jeff H said...

Robotics outside of an industrial application are still just technological wet dreams.

Unknown said...

My automatic dishwasher, clothes washer machine, and clothes dryer are all robots and work quite well.

JR said...

I watched this on its first theater run as a Berkeley student. I can't believe Millennial conservatives are trashing it. Damn whipper-snappers.

Michael in ArchDen said...

Apparently, we may still need immigrants; to do the jobs that robots won't do.

Unknown said...

i like the robot, and i think it's a great ambassador to keep people lighthearted....
and it's funny how many people are talking about how amateurish the woody allen clip was...it was supposed to look stupid. that was woody allen. from the time he wakes up in the future wrapped in aluminum foil, to eating a giant carrot, to shuffling around as a poor excuse for a robot, to being chased by a giant chicken, it was designed to be preposterous. people trying to make comparisons to chaplin and others, give it a rest.