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Robotic waiters and nurses drive China's unmanned economy

Need for less human-to-human contact pushes automation beyond factory floors

A robot delivers food to diners at a restaurant, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, in Shanghai.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- At a hotel in Shanghai, a staffer placed a packaged meal into a robotic waiter and entered the room number of a suspected coronavirus patient on the waiter's touch screen. The robot then automatically made its way to the room.

"Please take your meal," the robot said, notifying the guest to take the bento box -- eliminating the need for human-to-human contact.

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