Pepper is a very popular robot, working as a concierge and sales assistant in retail environments all over the world. The 4-foot-tall humanoid android is able to detect and respond to humans’ emotional states, and will eventually be able to perform a variety of jobs that require interacting with the public. Its newest assignment: multiple Peppers will go to sea on Costa cruise ships. [More]
Carnvial-owned Costa cruise ships are really not having a good year thus far. First, the Costa Concordia crashed and sank off the coast of Italy in January, and now there’s the Costa Allegra, which caught fire in what’s being called the “pirate-infested” Indian Ocean. It was set adrift yesterday without power, and is now being towed toward the Seychelles by a French fishing vessel.
There were lots of problems on the recent Costa Cruise vacation that Krista and her friends took, including lukewarm hot tubs, closed buffets, and missing towels. But the biggest surprise was when their waiter was replaced on the second day with a newly promoted, untrained busboy who abandoned them nightly. Well, when he wasn’t taking their sugar or stealing their basket of bread.