One group of workers that we suspect won’t be grumbling about robots taking their jobs are the jockeys in Middle Eastern camel races. Camel racing dates back thousands of years, but the sport has a dark side. The camels were traditionally ridden by boy jockeys as young as four years old, many of whom were bought and sold as slaves, and kept deliberately malnourished.
Accordingly, since 2004 the use of child jockeys has been outlawed in Qatar and the UAE, and the camels are ridden by robot jockeys instead.
Early versions of the robots were quite ‘mechanical’ in appearance, but now more human-like robots are used as this appears to be less distressing for the camels.