Chinese netizens have reacted with amusement after the world’s “first robot-staffed hotel,” Japan’s Henn na in Nagasaki, announced that it was decommissioning close to half of its 240 non-human staff due to their inefficiency.

Within 24 hours, a satirical Weibo video on the “layoffs” had gained 6.6 million views and close to 2,000 comments.

Some were creeped out or confused by the hotel’s quirky staff as depicted in the video. “Although their faces are smiling, I feel cold,” one netizen wrote on Weibo.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.