Asimo struggles on first day as science museum guide

Asimo had trouble interacting with guests and froze on its first day.

(Credit: Honda/Miraikan )

Pity Japan’s poor robots. We expect so much of them, and they just don’t deliver.

Honda’s Asimo is the country’s most sophisticated humanoid robot. It’s been looking for a job ever since it was unveiled nearly 13 years ago, and this week it got another chance.

Asimo was put on duty as a guide at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (aka Miraikan) and was supposed to interact with guests. That proved too challenging.

When people were holding up their smartphones to snap pics of the astronaut droid, it thought they were raising their hands to ask questions. It also froze and kept asking, “Who wants to ask Asimo a question?”

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