Scientists in Japan have invented a humanoid robot with the superhuman ability to initiate conversations with customers.
“I couldn’t believe it – I was standing there all silent-like when RoboConvo-3000 asked me how my day was going,” said Yumi Hamada.
“I said, ‘good’, and then it asked me a follow-up question – I felt as if the future had well and truly arrived.”
The inventors of the robot cashier have stressed that RoboConvo-3000 remains in the development stage.
“It still struggles to put coins on top of bank notes when handing back change to customers,” said lead researcher Ryosuke Takai.
RoboConvo-3000 will also refuse to chase customers out of the store if small amounts of change are left behind, outrageously preferring to think it was left intentionally.
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