A cafe in central Tokyo is using robots to serve customers.
But they’re not being controlled by anyone at the cafe. Instead, disabled staff are directing them remotely. The robots – all named OriHime – feature cameras, a microphone and a speaker to allow their controllers to communicate with customers, without having to interact with anyone face to face. The cafe has provided 50 jobs to people with mental and physical disabilities, allowing them to work remotely. – South China Morning Post
NHK has learned that Japan’s government and the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant plan to release treated water from the facility into the ocean through an undersea tunnel.
Fans of Japan’s Mos Burger now can order a meal and have it brought to their table without interacting face-to-face with an employee. But there is more to this month’s robotic initiative than meets the eye.
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