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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Negroid hologram receptionist in place at council office in London

Visit the council offices in Brent, north-west London, and you’ll be greeted by a virtual assistant in the form of a hologram.


Going by the name of Shanice, the new receptionist, which has cost the council an estimated £12,000 ($18,500), will offer visitors a friendly smile and (hopefully) answer questions, albeit simple ones pre-programmed into a tablet.

Tap the appropriate request on the display and Shanice, who’s projected onto a thin screen positioned behind the reception desk, will give you directions to the relevant service within the building. However, if you have a question that doesn’t appear on the display, presumably you’ll have to go off in search of a real live person to help get you sorted


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