The “Boring” Robot

Two California hotels tested autonomous service robots over a six-month period. Reviews from their customers were overwhelmingly positive (except when aforementioned customers were intoxicated). They will be rolling out their next wave of autonomous service robots, called the Relay.

Image from Popular Science.
Relay, the service robot. Image from Popular Science.

These service robots raise a question — are we about to see a rise in “boring” robots? These robots don’t do anything flashy, but they do provide valuable background services. On one hand, the automation of unpleasant or mundane tasks sounds great. But there are socioeconomic concerns too. And of course, the fear of an eventual robot uprising! (I jest, I don’t think Skynet is happening yet.)


So what do you think? Shall we bring on the boring robots?

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About Amber Mear

I was the Digilent blog editor, and now I'm a contributor. I love learning about wearables and writing about social issues in STEM. Outside of work, I can be found watching Netflix with my cat, working on an art project, or trying to find new, delicious local foods.

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