Japan loves robots. It is not uncommon to see robots taking people’s orders at restaurants, cleaning the streets, or even acting in plays. The idea of robots may seem intriguing to people in the United States, but it has not taken off yet. A local SSI disability attorney plans on changing that.
Charlie Willows has the first ever robot receptionist and potential paralegal in the law industry. The robot, who is scheduled to be installed in November, will be the first of its kind in the country.
“I have always been fascinated with robots”, explained Charlie Willows. “I was watching a documentary that talked about robot receptionists and I knew I had to have one. I found a company in Japan that would make one for me and it just sort of fell into place from there.”
The robot receptionist will be able to do a number of things that traditional receptionists usually do. The robot receptionist can type, answer phones, and even conduct pre-interviews for potential SSI disability clients. If a receptionist can do it, this robot will be able to do it.
Some people in the law industry have questioned if this will work, but Charlie Willows believes that it will be able to work.
“I see nothing that would prevent it from working”, explained Willows. “I get hundreds of people calling into the office seeing if I can help them. Unfortunately, I am just one person. I think this robot receptionist will be able to screen people and determine who really needs my help and who might be better suited for another attorney.”
Charlie Willows was able to design his robot from scratch. In fact, the robot that will be sitting at the front desk will even look like a regular human. It will be completely surreal to people who do not know that it is a robot.
“I think that it will come as a shock to some people that a robot is the receptionist”, explained Willows. “When I got the robot, even I thought it looked life like. It will be a lot of fun.”
Willows plans on hosting an open house at his law firm where people can come and view the robot receptionist. This open house will also allow people who believe they may have need for an SSI disability attorney to talk with him and see if he can help.
“I am hoping that this receptionist will encourage people to come to my law firm”, explained Willows. “I think people will come out of curiosity for the robot and then see if I can help them. I hope that happens at least.”