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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Hologram substitutes Human Receptionist at London Council

A closer and more cautious look at the beautiful lady would reveal that she's a hologram. Just incase you did not know, a hologram is a projected three-dimensional representation of a person or object, normally used in communication or entertainment.
Virtual assistantShanice, the new receptionist at Brent Council’s town hall would replace staff at the reception. She seems friendly enough as she smiles from behind a desk and will be trained to answer a limited number of questions.

Shanice will appear to sit behind a desk at the town hall but actually be projected on to a screen to "help point people in the right direction", according to the Evening Standard. In addition, She will be able to give visitors to the £90 million building in North West London directions to the correct part of the building to register births and deaths or apply for a marriage licence or citizenship.
The council spent £12,000 on the hologram, but said it was cheaper to have a virtual employee than a human member of staff. However, groups campaigning against cuts to essential services have described the initiative as "incredibly wasteful".

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