Robots Set to Replace Hotel, Airport And Supermarket Workers

South Korea’s LG Electronics is introducing three new concept robots to soon be put to use in hotels, airports, and supermarkets.

The tech company plans to sell the robots to be put to work on tasks currently completed by humans. The robots can essentially replace work currently done by people, but these replacement workers don’t need any breaks or time off.

As technologies advance, many wonder how quickly service robots will move from aiding workers to replacing them. In many places, we’re already seeing it. If we continue in this direction, hundreds of millions of jobs might be lost globally.

Fox News reports:

Technologists and economists have long predicted that artificial intelligence and automation would one day sync up to eliminate millions of mostly low-wage jobs in the future.

South Korea’s LG Electronics is planning to sell robots to solve tasks currently completed by humans. The tech company is showcasing the three “concept robots” at the global consumer electronics show CES in Las Vegas, according to a press release.

The first concept robot can deliver food or drinks to customers at hotels and airport lounges—essentially replacing work done by servers but unlike humans, it could work 24 hours a day if needed.

The second concept is a porter to handle checking in and checking out at hotels and carrying luggage to rooms. There is already a hotel in Japan that is staffed by robots.

The final concept robot would work with you at a supermarket, telling you the prices of items and guiding you through grocery store aisles.

“There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better [than a human]. These are not things that I wish will happen. These are simply things that I think probably will happen,” Elon Musk said at the World Government Summit in 2017.

Meanwhile, a McKinsey & Company report suggests that by 2030, as many as 800 million workers globally could be replaced by robots. Robots have replaced humans in 25 percent of China’s ammunition factories.

“As an important part of our future growth engine, LG is committed to expanding its portfolio of robots that can deliver real convenience and innovation in our customers’ lives,” said Ryu Hye-jung, head of the smart solution business division of LG’s Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company, in a statement.

Future shopping experiences or hotel stays might come with the convenience of robot workers, but is it worth trading in human jobs for?

Companies that employ these robots will need to decide if robots should aid or completely replace some of their workers.

According to LG, the company plans to expand a “portfolio of robots.” From LG’s press release:

LG’s CLOi robots will be developed in parallel to ThinQ products, LG’s AI brand for consumer electronics and home appliances. CLOi is LG’s brand designed to deliver both emotional interaction and innovative convenience to customers utilizing AI technology.

“As an important part of our future growth engine, LG is committed to expanding its portfolio of robots that can deliver real convenience and innovation in our customers’ lives,” said Ryu Hye-jung, head of the smart solution business division of LG’s Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “We will continue to develop a wide range of products across commercial and home robots while seeking new opportunities to contribute to the advancement of the robotics industry.”

Robots might not need human-like sentience to take over the world, as is oftentimes portrayed in science fiction movies.

It seems we’re more than happy to replace ourselves with them willingly.