Japan’s robot-filled Henn-na (“Strange”) Hotel has fired more than half of its 243 robotic workforce, reports The Wall Street Journal. The robots apparently created a slew of problems, soon outweighing their overall usefulness.
One of the nixed robots was the voice-activated assistant Churi, which was once featured in each hotel room, according to The Verge. In many instances, Churi couldn’t answer simple questions and activated in the middle of the night from the snores of sleeping guests.
The two check-in velociraptor robots were also part of the robot downsizing, since human employees had to often step in and complete their work for tasks like photocopying passports. Another causality was a pair of robot baggage carriers. They struggled in the rain and snow, had trouble passing each other, and could only access 24 of the more than 100 hotel rooms.
Since the concierge robot couldn’t answer important questions about local tourist attractions and flight schedules, it has been replaced by a human.
For now, it seems, there’s still room for us humans at the “world-first hotel staffed by robots.”
To see some of the fired robots in their heyday, watch the video below.