While a comprehensive set of international regulations on the use of AI seems to have prevented its most egregious effects on society, that hasn’t stopped its most enthusiastic boosters from (trying to) “disrupt” industry after industry. Hotels were an early adopter back in the 2020s, and the business model has managed to cling on in a few spots around Skåne, one of which is in the slightly disreputable Ideon neighbourhood, just west of Brunnshög—so if you’re looking for a place to stay in Lund and have a deep loathing for human interaction, choose AutoHotel!
Housed in a tall building that shimmers in varying colors depending on the direction of the sunlight, AutoHotel has tried to rid itself completely of human staff ever since it first introduced robot-aided check-in in 2024; believe it or not, this sort of thing was quite the fashion among the tech-biz types who visited the firms that used to be headquartered here. The hallways are a-buzz with robotic vacuum cleaners, all liquids are dispensed through intricate infrastructures invisible to the visitor, and the restaurant is simply a room full of bare tables with a giant touchscreen, where you order food to be extruded at a nearby plating station.
Sounds simple enough, and we suppose it is, when things are fine… but given the nature of hotelling, sometimes unexpected tasks need to be executed. What happens if the power fails, and the AI goes offline? As a close read of the hotel’s 20,000 word EULA will reveal, in such extraordinary circumstances you are temporarily employed (or perhaps we should say conscripted) by the hotel chain on an hourly basis, with any wages accrued deducted from your final bill on departure. Your duty is now to head down to the basement and man the exercise bikes that constitute the backup generator. (Showering afterward comes at the standard per-liter rate, but you do get an extra towel “on the house”.)
This form of unexpected employment can also occur if another guest is distressed by the AI; you then get a free meal in compensation for fifteen minutes of soothing small talk, human to human. Or if the authorities arrive and demand to “speak to whoever is in charge”, you might even get to play CEO for an hour—talking points are fed through the earpiece you are issued with on check in, through which you communicate with the AI.
The AutoHotel is thus pretty divisive, even before one considers its… ah, characterful architectural style. However, for the open-minded traveler, it is a budget-conscious option! Just be aware that if you are a member of a union, AI-run businesses are under strict boycott—so if you do stay here, don’t go posting any selfies.