When you're out of cash, odds are you head to the nearest ATM to pull out some money. But, you still need to visit a teller at your bank to do other things like open a bank account. That might not be the case for long, though. One bank in Japan is going to begin using robots to meet, greet and help customers who walk through the front door.
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group expects to start using Nao humanoid robots in branches by April. The robots are just under two feet tall, can speak 19 languages fluently and even tell how you're feeling based on your facial expressions.
That's all impressive, but what can they actually do for banking customers? A Nao told customers its capabilities in its own words at a recent demonstration.
"I can tell you about money exchange, ATMs, opening a bank account or overseas remittance," the android added. "Which one would you like?"
Nao was created by French company Aldebaran Robotics, and isn't the first robot to be used by a Japanese business. Androids are already being used throughout the country in healthcare facilities and plans are in place for a new hotel that will feature many robots on staff.
This is a photo of the Nao robot that will soon work in banks in Japan.
This development just goes to show you how far robotics technology has come recently. Not everyone is excited about those developments, though. SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk recently warned us about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.