Korean Company Designs Robots to Replace Service Workers


Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show is a global stage for new tech products to be introduced to the public and is taking place now from January 9 through 12. As the title suggests, most of the new machines are aimed at gizmo-minded shoppers, such as a self-driving suitcase, a laundry-folding robot and a variety of virtual-reality headsets.

However at least one company, LG of South Korea, is using the show to display its robots designed to replace hotel and other service workers.

Low-skilled service jobs are the easiest to automate and the replacement process should be a reminder that the US should not be importing well over a million immigrants annually who are largely unskilled because so much of US immigration is family based. The Center for Immigration Studies recently reported on the record number: 1.8 Million Immigrants Likely Arrived in 2016, Matching Highest Level in U.S. History. Author Steve Camarota remarked, “Our generous legal immigration system allows in a huge number of immigrants and then permits them to sponsor their relatives causing a multiplier effect. This chain migration has contributed to nearly 14 million immigrants settling here between 2006 to 2016.”

Congressman Steve King underlined the lack of skills-based immigration when he stated on Breitbart radio January 10 that only “between seven and 11 percent of the legal immigration in America is based on any kind of merit.”

It’s crazy for Washington to continue importing a foreign underclass of workers who will be automated out of employment in a few years. The correct number of immigrants for the approaching automated future is ZERO.

Hotel workers will be among the first to be unemployed by smart machines.

Here’s a video of LG robots at the Vegas CES, demonstrating a couple models designed to take human jobs.

Naturally a hotel industry publication thinks saving money with automation is a great idea.

LG introduces robots to replace hotel employees, Hotel Management Magazine, January 9, 2018

Robots are becoming more ubiquitous at hotels, and LG is introducing three new models this week.

LG is introducing CLOi (pronounced KLOH-ee), a line of three new concept robots specifically developed for commercial use at hotels, airports and supermarkets. The trio will be unveiled at CES 2018, the Consumer Technology Association’s show, this week in Las Vegas.

The purpose of the Serving Robot is to deliver meals and drinks to guests and customers at hotels and airport lounges quickly and efficiently. The robot can deliver food or refreshments around the clock and with its built-in sliding tray, present the tray to the customer for easy removal. Once the delivery is confirmed, the Serving Robot makes its way back on its own.

Designed to deliver luggage to guests’ rooms, the Porter Robot minimizes the inconvenience that may result from slow service and long wait times during a hotel stay. The Porter Robot can also handle express check-in and check-out service and take care of payment, allowing busy guests to check out and have their luggage delivered to a waiting car in a fraction of the time.

Finally, LG’s third new robot is made to work with customers at a supermarket, telling them the price of products and then guiding them through the aisles.

Hotel guests in some major cities are getting used to robots delivering items to their rooms and one hotel in Japan is completely run by robots. Many of the hotel robots are butlers, deliver amenities and roomservice items, like the Relay robot from Savioke at the Luma Hotel Times Square in New York City and the Singapore Hotel Jen. Hotel Jen is the first international hotel brand to use autonomous Savioke Relay robots in Asia. . . .

A report released by McKinsey & Company last November suggested that by 2030, as many as 800 million workers globally could be replaced by robots. Even if automation adoption is slower than anticipated, as many as 400 million people could still be affected, the report said.