robottemp.jpgA Japanese temporary staffing firm is rolling out (literally) robots to work as receptionists in offices and hospitals. “The 1-meter-tall robot Wakamaru can identify visitors, conduct a simple conversation and move by itself to take visitors along preset routes to rooms or other destinations while singing a song,” according to the Japan Times. Best of all, these office workers never demand a raise. They don’t check their Blackberries during meetings. And on Monday mornings, they never ask their co-workers, “How was your weekend?”

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