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Japan to open first hotel entirely operated by robots - NY Daily News. Hen-na Hotel Henn na Hotel opens this summer in Sasebo, Japan.

Japan to open first hotel entirely operated by robots - NY Daily News

It will be staffed entirely by robots. No need to tip the staff at this hotel. Japan will open the first hotel that is entirely staffed by androids. The hotel will be named "Henn na," which is Japanese for strange hotel. The two-story hotel is set to open on July 17 and it will be situated at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Japan. Robots at the hotel will provide porter service, room cleaning and front desk management.

"We will make the most efficient hotel in the world," Hideo Sawada, company president, said during a press conference. The hotel androids will provide porter service, room cleaning and front desk management. The hotel will also have facial recognition, which will allow hotel guests to enter their rooms without a key. Hotel rooms will cost 7,000 yen a night, which roughly translates to $59. The first complex that opens in July will have 72 rooms. Aalba@nydailynews.com. Robot Restaurant: Robots cook food and wait tables in Harbin. Twenty robots work at the Robot Restaurant in HarbinThey can deliver food, cook, usher and entertain dinersThe popular restaurant opened in June last yearEach robot costs between £20,000-£30,000 each By Alex Ward Published: 19:11 GMT, 13 January 2013 | Updated: 10:40 GMT, 14 January 2013 Service with a smile has turned sci-fi at this restaurant as diners are waited on and cooked for by robots.

Robot Restaurant: Robots cook food and wait tables in Harbin

At Robot Restaurant 20 robots deliver food to the table, cook dumplings and noodles, usher diners and entertain them in Harbin, Heilongjiang province in China. When a diner walks in, an usher robot extends their mechanic arm to the side and says 'Earth person hello. Scroll down for video Droid delicacies: A robot delivers a dish to hungry diners at Robot Restaurant where 20 robots are used to deliver and cook food as well as usher customers and entertain them After diners have ordered, robots in the kitchen set to work cooking their meals. As they eat, a singing robot entertains diners. New way of thinking is collaboration and open source way. Throughout most of my education, I was taught that collaboration was cheating.

New way of thinking is collaboration and open source way

With the exception of teacher-sanctioned group projects, I had learned that working with others to solve problems was not acceptable. So when I got to college and the first assignment in my computer science class was to read an article about the benefits of pairwise programming and open source, I was very confused. Corporations use this model? Who gets credit for the work? Isn't that considered plagiarism? After taking two courses that used pairwise programming, I yearned to expand that way of thinking and acting outside of the classroom. Fast forward about nine months. At first, adapting to this new mode of thinking and acting (otherwise known as the open source way) was a challenge.

Once I became more comfortable with this open environment, everything started to fall into place. Transcript of secret meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. On the 23 of June, 2011 a secret five hour meeting took place between WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was under house arrest in rural UK at the time and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Transcript of secret meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Also in attendance was Jared Cohen, a former Secretary of State advisor to Hillary Clinton, Scott Malcomson, Director of Speechwriting for Ambassador Susan Rice at the US State Department and current Communications Director of the International Crisis Group, and Lisa Shields, Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Schmidt and Cohen requested the meeting, they said, to discuss ideas for "The New Digital World", their forthcoming book to be published on April 23, 2013. We provide here a verbatim transcript of the majority of the meeting; a close reading, particularly of the latter half, is revealing. You can download the recording here (ogg) Well do you want us to start eating? So this is... what's the date? ...June 23rd. ...Lisa Shields. Can we start... Yeah, actually I mean Tor. Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government. The Venus Project. Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism. At the very moment of its ultimate triumph, capitalism will experience the most exquisite of deaths.

Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism

This is the belief of political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin, who argues the current economic system has become so successful at lowering the costs of production that it has created the very conditions for the destruction of the traditional vertically integrated corporation. Rifkin, who has advised the European Commission, the European Parliament and heads of state, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, says: No one in their wildest imagination, including economists and business people, ever imagined the possibility of a technology revolution so extreme in its productivity that it could actually reduce marginal costs to near zero, making products nearly free, abundant and absolutely no longer subject to market forces. With many manufacturing companies surviving only on razor thin margins, they will buckle under competition from small operators with virtually no fixed costs. "The Choice is Ours" documentary series by The Venus Project.