Being in Japan, I have become used to "wierd" technology. Annually Japan displays robots of giant proportion on the public streets, or robots who do backflips and disco dancing on television. They even have popular robo pets.
I think the Japanese are striving to make their popular Manga ( Japanese cartoon animation) into a reality. The idea of replacing humans with robots has been around a long time, but it is strange to see it right before your eyes.
The photo I took is of a robot receptionist who can answer any question you have politely and eloquently or if needed call for a supervisor. It is the next real step in robostaffing technology. That is basically where robots handle sentinel type or information management jobs.
So what does the future hold? What are the pros and cons of having robots do these seemingly mundane jobs for us?
It certainly makes for interesting conversation, and Japan always surprises me with their bold pursuit of creating a robot/human society that would excite any science fiction fan.