SINGAPORE (Apr 9): M Social Singapore, the colourful and eclectic hotel along Robertson Quay, has a new staff member. AURA is an autonomous robot that brings bottles of water and towels to guests in their rooms, freeing its human colleagues for other roles. After about a year in operation, reviews have been complimentary on the whole, though some people have noted a degree of awkwardness in AURA’s movements, not unlike a robotic vacuum cleaner that gets momentarily confused around furniture.

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