Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Trends -

RO­BOT STAFF Ac­cord­ing to mar­ket re­search com­pany For­rester, by 2021 ro­bots will have elim­i­nated 6 per cent of all US jobs. Pro­fes­sor Moshe Vardi, of Rice Univer­sity in the US, pre­dicts that in the next 30 years ro­bots will cause global un­em­ploy­ment of more than 50 per cent. At the Hil­ton McLean in Vir­ginia, ro­botic “concierge in train­ing” Con­nie (pic­tured) is gifted with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence pow­ered by IBM Wat­son, and speaks mul­ti­ple lan­guages. IHG’s Crowne Plaza San Jose Sil­i­con Val­ley ho­tel has been tri­alling Dash, a three­foot-tall ro­bot who can use lifts thanks to a wifi sen­sor, and de­liver you snacks and drinks. Star­wood’s Aloft is plan­ning to roll out “Botlrs” across dozens of prop­er­ties. In Mar­rakech air­port, Leo can check you in, print bag tags and carry cases to the bag­gage han­dling area. In Taipei, EVA Air now has Pep­per who scans board­ing passes, gives weather up­dates and poses for self­ies.

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