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Robots introduced to train platforms in the UK and Japan

Marianne Knight

The influx of robots into the workplace tends to conjure images of automated warehouses and monotonous manufacturing tasks taken over by an army of soulless machines.

But behind the buzz, we don’t often appreciate that robots can take on roles that require more than the ability to keep going without sleep or toilet breaks. Machines are also being hired for positions that entail some level of customer interaction.

This has been exemplified by two emerging stories from Japan and the UK, where robots are stepping onto train platforms for two very different reasons.