The prefecture of Fukuoka, Japan doesn't intend to wait for the future of fully advanced humanoid robots, the locals decided to start employing robots today. The area's tourist attraction known as Canal City opted to use the decidedly cute and human-friendly services of a Alsok's Guard Robot D1.
In the daytime the robot functions as a kind of tour guide, offering website information and communication in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. At night the robot functions as a security guard, ready to alert authorities in case of trouble. You can see the Guard Robot D1 in action here.