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In a post-coronavirus world, hotels could be staffed by robots – IAM Network

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Humanoid robot Pepper is placed at the lobby area of a hotel in Tokyo reserved for coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms. Researchers say they could soon be undertaking all front and back of house activities in hotels to help the industry from the coronavirus crisis. These include cooking hamburgers and cleaning floors, as well as serving cocktails, checking in hotel guests, and delivering items to hotel rooms. They say the development of service robots are anticipated to increase efficiency and productivity of hotel activities. The team from the University of Surrey spoke to 19 different hotel HR experts to identify the key trends and major challenges that will emerge in the next ten years.



Virus cuts off educational support for Japan's children of foreign descent

The Japan Times

Around 70 percent of about 100 nonprofit groups and individuals offering educational support to children of foreign descent across Japan have stopped or cut back on their operations amid the coronavirus epidemic, an online poll showed. The poll -- conducted by the Youth Support Center in Fussa, western Tokyo, between April 15 and 21 -- targeted groups and individuals nationwide that help children with foreign roots learn the Japanese language and assist their studies in general. In addition to schools or community centers being closed amid the outbreak, the poll also showed there was only limited online interaction with the children, either because there was no internet available at the students' homes or because the aging educational assistants lack the relevant technical knowledge. One survey respondent said it is "difficult to teach children online with the level of Japanese they have." Responses also highlighted the plight of the children amid the prolonged school closures.


Pepper the robot comforts coronavirus patients being quarantined at Tokyo hotels

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are quarantined at hotels in Tokyo staffed by robots. Five hotels are around the city are using robots to help limit the spread, one being the world's first social humanoid Pepper. 'Please, wear a mask inside,' it says in a perky voice to welcome those moving into the hotel and also offers words of support - 'I hope you recover as quickly as possible.' Other facilities have employed AI-powered robots that disinfect surfaces to limit the need of human workers who are at risk of being exposed. Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are quarantined at hotels in Tokyo staffed by robots.


Machine-Learning-Tokyo/Interactive_Tools

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An interactive visualization system designed to help non-experts learn about Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs). It runs a pre-tained CNN in the browser and lets you explore the layers and operations. There are many cool features that support interactive experimentation. ConvNet Playground is an interactive visualization tool for exploring Convolutional Neural Networks applied to the task of semantic image search. Feature inversion to visualize millions of activations from an image classification network leads to an explorable activation atlas of features the network has learned.


SoftBank's super-fast 5G network isn't very useful just yet

The Japan Times

SoftBank Corp.'s fifth-generation wireless service in Japan is living up to the hype in at least one respect -- internet speeds that are blazingly fast even by the standards of one of the most connected countries in the world. The carrier's month-old 5G network topped out at 1.1 gigabits per second for downloads and about 30 megabits for uploads in tests carried out by Bloomberg News in Tokyo. Speeds of this kind, far surpassing typical wired broadband connections, have previously been possible only by pushing a fiber optic cable directly into a user's home. But there are significant pieces still missing and preventing mass adoption: Coverage is severely limited for now, there's little in the way of appealing content to capitalize on all that extra bandwidth and mobile data plans have yet to be revised to account for the much-increased consumption that 5G portends. SoftBank and local rivals KDDI Corp. and NTT Docomo Inc. all launched their 5G offerings in late March in a handful of metropolitan areas around the country, while newcomer Rakuten Inc. has targeted June for launch.


Tokyo unveils robots that will serve coronavirus patients at hotels

FOX News

Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips is the chief clinical officer and executive vice president for Providence St. Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Tokyo will use robots to attend to coronavirus patients housed in local hotels. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government unveiled two robots on Friday at the Apa Hotel & Resort in the capital's Sumida ward. The Apa Hotel is one of five hotels in Tokyo that the metropolitan government is renting to house hospital patients with no or mild symptoms of COVID-19. Doctors and nurses attend the guests at the hotel, but the government hopes that the Softbank-developed robots will help to cheer up the otherwise isolated guests.


Robots on hand to greet Japanese coronavirus patients in hotels - Reuters

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Coronavirus patients with light symptoms arriving to stay at several Tokyo hotels are likely to get a lift from a pleasant surprise - a robot greeter in the lobby. Japan is now using hotels to house patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus but whose symptoms are too light to need hospitalisation, and several in the capital of Tokyo just opened on Friday feature robots to help lighten the burden on nurses. In one, a big-eyed robot named "Pepper" - appropriately wearing a protective mask - stood waiting to welcome visitors. "Please, wear a mask inside," it said in a perky voice. "I hope you recover as quickly as possible."


Robots on Hand to Greet Japanese Coronavirus Patients in Hotels

U.S. News

Japan is now using hotels to house patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus but whose symptoms are too light to need hospitalisation, and several in the capital of Tokyo just opened on Friday feature robots to help lighten the burden on nurses.


Robots that will serve coronavirus patients at Tokyo hotels unveiled

The Japan Times

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Friday unveiled robots that will be used in two hotels housing those infected with the novel coronavirus. The metropolitan government aims to efficiently clean the hotels, which are to house asymptomatic patients or those with light symptoms, and lower the burden on staff members. The robots were unveiled at the Apa Hotel & Resort in the capital's Sumida Ward, and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike came to inspect them. One cylindrical robot is programed to hand lunch boxes to patients and clean the hotel lobby. Another robot, a humanoid, is designed to interact with patients.