0820 GMT February 26, 2020
Under normal circumstances that would be unremarkable ― but Kinba is a robot, independent.co.uk wrote.
Kinba, who has yet to be assigned a gender, took up its new post alongside the London university’s existing ― human ― receptionist Camilla Templing at its building on the Strand.
“Kinba’s generated a real buzz of excitement about the place, to see it moving and speaking. People are coming and taking pictures and talking to it,” Templing says.
Part of the fun is that Kinba is a work-in-progress in the extremely complex, fledgling but rapidly developing world of social robots.
“You can never quite tell what it’s going to come out with next when someone asks it a question. This morning someone asked it what time it was and it said that it was ‘time to get wacky’ ― which I thought was quite fun to hear,” she added.