Yes, machines really are coming for your job. If you’re still in doubt, just ask tour guides in the Japanese city of Kyoto.
According to EFE, Robohon, a Japanese mini-robot will work as a tour guide in Kyoto. The service is being offered by city taxis in a trial run from 22 September this year to 31 March 2019.
The robots may not be replacing any existing tour guides yet, as the number of tourists visiting Kyoto is growing.
Figures from the Japan National Tourism Organisation reveal that Japan received 18,730,900 foreign tourists between January and July this 2018. That’s 13.9% more than during the same period in 2017.
Tokyo still leads the nation as international visitors’ favourite destination, followed by Osaka and Chiba. Kyoto comes in at number four.
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Kyoto’s robotic tour guide
The new service allows you to buy a tour guided by the robot. Robohon’s creator, Sharp, says it will serve as your guide and can acquaint you with local history…among other things.
EFE reports that the package is a joint initiative by Sharp, taxi operator MK and JTB travel agency. Robohon is already multilingual, able to communicate in Japanese, Chinese and English.
And Robohon is mobile. When you get to various tourist destinations, the robot can accompany you on your tour and keep chattering away.
Just what we’ve all been waiting for.
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