This Robotic receptionist is programed to respond to over 200 questions and is presently "employed" at the Kita-Kyushu (Japan) airport. She is a rendering of a popular Japanese cartoon character. We could have Bart, Kenny or Boomhauer. The possibilities are endless..
Implications - Innovations like this are ideally suited to tourist destinations as they can entice travelers to make a special point of seeing them -- something that definitely comes in handy in places such as airports. By embracing cutting edge technology, companies and advertisers can simultaneously amuse and fascinate their target audiences and create an experience that they talk about long afterward. In these cases, novelty is definitely an attractive quality.