A WEALTHY Chinese businessman in Guangzhou, China turned heads recently when he was seen shopping with the help of some robotic assistance – an entourage of eight robots, to be precise.
The middle-aged tycoon was photographed splurging on some jewelry, escorted by his mechanical personal assistants that carried his designer purchases, as well as his coat, bottled water, and a towel (just in case he broke a sweat from all the shopping).
There were many, however, who were not impressed – Chinese media called the man a “tuhao”, which is a derogatory slang term used to refer to the newly rich who lack sophistication.
Netizens have also called the man’s flagrant show of wealth “embarrassing”.
Robots are becoming a more common sight in China of late, particularly in the service industry – a restaurant in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province, unveiled its shiny, new robotic wait staff on Saturday.
The robots are said to be able to take pre-defined orders and bring plates to customers’ tables. They are also said to be capable of doing the work of two humans. However, they can only move along a fixed path and can’t respond to customers’ requests the way a human server can.
So humans in the service industry need not worry – yet.