The Internet Is Obsessed With This Hotel’s Room Service Robot
Technology’s constantly changing the way we travel, and the latest (and greatest) innovation is this room service robot in a hotel in Shanghai.
Personally, I never order room service when I stay at a hotel because I’m poor and I hate talking to people. But if my order was brought to the door by a friendly robot like the one that Anna Fifield met, I’d probably start ordering things I didn’t even need just to see it’s happy little face.
Anna, the Beijing bureau chief for The Washington Post, shared the video to Twitter saying “I called for more coffee pods in my Shanghai hotel room and this is how they came to me.”
I called for more coffee pods in my Shanghai hotel room and this is how they came to me: pic.twitter.com/zqc9OLpXHA
— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) November 20, 2019
Her video quickly caught the attention of more than 22,000 people, who can’t seem to decide if the room service robot is a sign that we’re living in the future, or a harbinger of doom.
— Greg Janssen (@gregfromkc) November 20, 2019
I was staying in a hotel in South Korea last month. One of these robots pushed its way into the lift as I was trying to get out. I found myself talking to it saying let me out of the lift first. They need etiquette training.
— Mike Spinks (@mbspinks) November 20, 2019
— @albertdahn (@Black1_3Actual) November 20, 2019
This robot’s impression of my coworkers’ mannerisms is spot on.
— Orange of Species (@toastfuker) November 20, 2019
Beyond the novelty of having a robot deliver coffee to your door, people have latched onto the robot’s message.
It starts talking in Mandarin as Anna takes the coffee and, after being dismissed at the press of a button, yeets off down the hallway, still talking as it barrels through the hotel. Twitter users fluent in Mandarin were quick to translate the robot’s message:
Haha did you realize what the little robot was saying to you?
“Oh wow, you are the cutest human I have ever seen! How about a selfie? Ready? Say chee—“
and thats when you hit the button to shut the door and sent it away!!
— Katherine Wu (@katherineykwu) November 20, 2019
Noooo He was so friendly! pic.twitter.com/6bHoMqkLiT
— Karla R. Montes (@karlarmontes) November 20, 2019
Shall we tell him what the running chatter was ? lol https://t.co/XhgmbIxq5r
— @excellency_your (@excellency_your) November 20, 2019
While others are just impressed at the robot’s speed and honestly, same.
Byeeeee cute robot pic.twitter.com/y0q4C9ZB8B
— Stevie P. (@steviepeters) November 20, 2019
— Armond Feffer (@armondjourno) November 20, 2019
Whomst can say what the room service robot has in store for society. But it has a smiley face sticker on it so I, for one, am convinced.
All that technology, and it couldn’t just bring you a cup of coffee?
— the whistleblower (@wmweibel) November 20, 2019