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>> Robots may be old news in Japan, but the ones in this Tokyo cafe are an unusual breed. They're not powered by artificial intelligence, but by people who have trouble working in public spaces.>>
has been in a wheelchair since she gradually lost strength in her muscles.
She previously worked in the service industry, and enjoyed talking to customers, and is thrilled to have that opportunity again. It's an idea thought up by Ory Lab. If the people operating the robots feel the joy of serving customers and working in a cafe, says CEO Kentaro Yoshifuji. Then it's wrong to leave that to artificial intelligence.
The workers are paid around $9 an hour for operating the robots, taking orders, and conversing with customers. The Tokyo cafe is operating for a trial period with just ten people, with a full opening planned for 2020.