Robots and Artificial Intelligence have been part of our everyday lives for some time, be it with our smartphones or a laundry folding application.  The latter recently attracted a cool $60 million-dollar investment from Panasonic Technologies in Japan. Humans seem to find a mechanical helping hand irresistible and there will only be more of them in the future. But what shape will these machines take?
Prior to my future of work and workspace summit address and as part of my foresight series on Robots and Automation this piece explores robots in the shape of humans. It takes a slightly geeky dive into one of the ground-breaking humanoid projects as well as unpacking some of the reasons and benefits for personification of robots.
Robots and the service industry
In 2015, the Service Robot industry was estimated to be worth $7 billion-dollar an is expected to expand over the next few yea

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