The Beginning of the End...

A receptionist robot and two porter robots, which can move around on two wheels at a maximum speed of 1.5 kilometers per hour, can carry luggage and take visitors and patients to their destinations.

"They are the nation's first receptionist and porter robots actually working in a hospital, and people's reactions to them are quite positive," hospital official Naoya Narita said. "By introducing them, we want to show the scene of a future hospital, where robots are getting along with patients and visitors," Narita said, adding that the hospital is considering introducing another robot next year.

Oh sure, these robots are cute and all, but how long before they turn on us? If I've learned anything over years of SF movie viewing, it's just a matter of time before they gain artificial intelligence and take over the world. And then who do we have on our side? Rosie from the Jetsons? Bender from Futurama? Robbie from Lost in Space? Ha! Good luck!

I, for one, welcome our new Robotic Overlords!

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