What could a robot help you with?
I would have it do chores for me like go to the Mogamma, renew my driver’s license and pay the rent. I work a lot, and often I have to take a day off in order to get these kinds of things done. I know my wife would love to have one to do the weekly housecleaning and to help out when we have guests. Ahmed Salah, 37, IT projects manager
I would mainly have my robot do housework—clean, do the laundry, make the beds, do the dishes, clean the fridge and take out the trash. I like shopping, so I wouldn’t mind doing that part myself, but I’d like some help carrying the bags up the stairs, and it would be nice to be reminded when we were running low on things. Rehab Ramy, 42, housewife
I would have my robot monitor my subordinates to make sure they are doing their jobs. Also, it could listen to customer calls for quality assurance. It would also be nice if it would drive me to work and back, because traffic is a killer.
Tamer Gamal, 52, call center manager
I have two kiosks, one in Mohandiseen and the other in Garden City. I’d want my robot to work in one of them, because my big challenge is finding reliable, honest employees—I can't be in two places at once.
Hany Mohamed, 32, kiosk owner
I’d have the robot do everything except feed me. I am an old woman, I live alone and my movement is limited. I don't trust maids because they’ve stolen from me in the past. My robot could cook for me, do my laundry, clean the house and buy supplies. And on the rare occasion when I want to go out, it could drive. Gamila Salem, 82, retired teacher
I’d like my robot to get a job and help me make ends meet. I don’t know what it could do—maybe be a driver for a rich person. I work two jobs and barely earn enough to support my wife and three kids. There aren’t enough hours in the day for me to work a third job, so my robot could get one. Or I’d sell it and use the money to fix things around the house.
Yassin Taher, 45, security guard
If I had a robot, I’d have it go to work in my place—and I’d have another robot who could travel with me and pack and unpack my stuff. I love hiking, but I hate carrying all the equipment. Having a robot to do that would be excellent. I wouldn’t have to worry about feeding it or it getting tired or injured in the middle of a hike. It would also be free whenever I wanted it. Marwa Hassanein, 21, unemployed
I think the best thing about having a robot would be that I could send it to take care of government paperwork, which I hate. I would also teach it to drive my taxi, so I could find a desk job and make more money while the robot was also bringing in income. But the robot needs to be really small, because I don’t have any space in my house to store it. Taher Abdalla, 47, taxi driver