Would you want to stay in a hotel staffed by robots? The developers of Japan’s new Henn-na Hotel hope so! This summer, Henn-na will become the first hotel run by humanlike robots.
Guests to Henn-na can check in to the hotel, have their luggage carried to their rooms, get room service, and have their rooms cleaned—all with the help of androids. Androids are robots that are designed to look similar to real people. The hotel’s developers hope that they will be able to run the hotel at a much lower cost by staffing it with robots along with some humans.
The two-story hotel is scheduled to open July 17 in Sasebo, a city in southern Japan. The name Henn-na Hotel means “strange hotel” in Japanese—and the hotel’s “actroids” will certainly seem strange to most travelers! They are designed to imitate normal human actions like breathing, blinking, and making eye contact. They’ll also be able to speak and understand Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and English.
As advanced as the actroids may be, they’ll still need a hand from real people. When the hotel opens, there will be about 10 humans and 10 robots on staff. But the developers hope that robots will eventually run about 90 percent of the operations in the 72-room hotel.
If one-third of Henn-na’s rooms are basic rooms (about $60 per night), one-half are double rooms (about $80 per night), and one-sixth are luxury suites (about $100 per night), about how much would it cost to rent out the whole hotel for a night? Write an expression to find the total cost, and use the order of operations to solve it.