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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

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