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115 Career-Focused Robots

Next-Gen Workers, From Receptionists to Psychotherapists

— April 3, 2010 — Tech
Don't you dare call any of these career-focused robots lazy. They work hard for the money, treat them right.

Most robots are lazy showoffs--they exist and then call it a day. These career-focused robots know that it's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and there's no such thing as free Kibbles n' Bits. From robot receptionists to psychotherapist bots, see all the ways that career-focused robots are replacing humans.

Implications - These career-focused robots turn industrial reality into the worst nightmares of its workers, having the potential to replace humans in the working world. The computerized people are programmed to work the way that humans do, and their capacities may even surpass those of human intelligence.
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Robot Olympics
Robot Olympics
The RoboGames 2008
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113
Robot Scientists
Robot Scientists
Researchers Develop a Robot That Follows the Scientific Method
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112
Boat-Cleaning 'Bots
Boat-Cleaning 'Bots
BUG Will Save the U.S. Navy Millions & Reduce Emissions
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111
Thought-Controlled Battle Bots
Thought-Controlled Battle Bots
Mind Impulses Control Robot Warrior's Movements
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110
Psychotherapist Robots
Psychotherapist Robots
MindMentor
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109
Rescue Grasshoppers
Rescue Grasshoppers
Leaping Rescue Robots
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108
Maestro Robots In Action
Maestro Robots In Action
Honda Asimo Conducts Symphony (UPDATE)
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107
Soccer-Playing Mini Robots
Soccer-Playing Mini Robots
The AI-Equipped Robo-Q
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106
Spiderman Robots
Spiderman Robots
Tmsuk T-34 Robot Shoots Nets and Makes You Its Prey
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105
Robot Bartender Festivals
Robot Bartender Festivals
Roboexotica
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104
Breast Biopsy Robots
Breast Biopsy Robots
Future Robots May Do Surgery on Their Own
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103
Miming Robots
Miming Robots
Robotic Marimba Player Improvises With Human Piano Player
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102
Song Splitting Robots
Song Splitting Robots
'Splitterbot' Allows for Legal Music Sharing
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101
Customized Dancing Holiday Robots
Customized Dancing Holiday Robots
Exobotics
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100
Robotification of Society
Robotification of Society
Intimacy With Robots?
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99
Robotic Bees
Robotic Bees
Harvard Researchers Get $10 Million to Create Robobees
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98
Robotic Bikers
Robotic Bikers
Joules is the Perfect Tandem Biking Partner
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97
DIY Rickshaw Pulling Robots
DIY Rickshaw Pulling Robots
Chinese Farmer Creates Robotic "30 Second Son"
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96
Exercising Robots
Exercising Robots
Bandit is a Socially-Assistive Robotic Personal Trainer
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95
Wee Robot Baristas
Wee Robot Baristas
Hina the Mini-Robot Makes & Serves You a Cup of Joe
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94
Replace-A-Soldier Robot
Replace-A-Soldier Robot
MAARS Carries Gun, Saves Lives
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93
Humanimal Spy Bots
Humanimal Spy Bots
Biomimetic Robots For Collection Data in Dangerous Areas
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92
Automated Infants
Automated Infants
Robot Kid Rickshaw Driver is Cool, Also Creepy
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91
Robot Astronauts
Robot Astronauts
NASA Project M Aims to Send Astronaut Bots Into Space
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90
Robot Barista
Robot Barista
Justine Makes Coffee
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89
Eco Activist Bots
Eco Activist Bots
Robotic Advertisers Pitch the TOTO Greenmax 4.8
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88
Musical Robots
Musical Robots
Honda Asimo to Conduct Orchestra
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87
Micro Robot Soccer
Micro Robot Soccer
World Nanobot Foot Ball Cup 2008
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86
Tech Teachings
Tech Teachings
Robotic Hawk by Dr. Robot Learns On Demand
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85
Robot Cleans Public Restrooms
Robot Cleans Public Restrooms
Japanese Lady Bird Tackles Toilets
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84
Music-Playing and Dancing Robots
Music-Playing and Dancing Robots
The Automated Music Personality (AMP) Robots
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83
Robotic DJs
Robotic DJs
Swiss QB1 Robot Reacts to Human Interaction, Recognizes Faces
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82
Motorcycle Riding Robots
Motorcycle Riding Robots
Flossie is a ‘Bot Used as a Bike Tester for Castrol
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81
Wearable Robot Pets
Wearable Robot Pets
A Friendly Robot That Sits On Your Shoulder and Helps Out
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80
Bashing Robots Into Dummies
Bashing Robots Into Dummies
Protecting Crash Test Dummies With Scientific Advances
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79
Tiny Cartwheeling Robots
Tiny Cartwheeling Robots
Vstone Introduces the Amazingly Dexterous Robovie-Nano
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78
Robot Window-Washers
Robot Window-Washers
The Winboni Does Your Dirty Work for You
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77
Samurai Robot Waiters
Samurai Robot Waiters
The Dancing Robot Warriors at the Hajime Restaurant Aim to Please
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76
Robo-Stylists
Robo-Stylists
Orea Malia Hair && Make-Up Ad Shows Hairdressers of the Future
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75
Branded Bartender Robots
Branded Bartender Robots
Mr. Asahi (UPDATE)
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74
Crumb-Eating Robots
Crumb-Eating Robots
The 'MO' Inspired by WALL-E Movie Dusts Away Desk Dirt
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73
Blogging Robot
Blogging Robot
PaPeRo
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72
Carpet Cleaning Robot
Carpet Cleaning Robot
Whistles While it Works
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71
DIY Fighting Robots
DIY Fighting Robots
The Robocraft Boxing Kit
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70
Robot Masseur
Robot Masseur
WAO-1 Massage Machine
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69
Body-Eating Bots
Body-Eating Bots
The EATR Robot is Powered by Biomass (Like Dead Corpses)
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68
Consumer-Designed Robots
Consumer-Designed Robots
The LEGO Mindstorms NXT Allows Buyers to Create
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67
Robotic Janitor
Robotic Janitor
Wax On, Wax Off With Tondon
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66
Underwater Survey Robots
Underwater Survey Robots
The Fish-Like Tai-Robot-Kun
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65
Gas Pumping Robots to Fuel Cars
Gas Pumping Robots to Fuel Cars
Dutch "Tankpitstop" Robot
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64
Robot With A 'Nose' For Good Wine
Robot With A 'Nose' For Good Wine
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63
Grand Canyon Climbing Robots
Grand Canyon Climbing Robots
Panasonic Evolta PR Stunt
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62
Robotic Dental Patient
Robotic Dental Patient
Japanese Simroid Responds to Pain
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61
Robot Receptionists
Robot Receptionists
The MechaDroid Type C3
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60
Tiny Robot Performs Medical Treatment
Tiny Robot Performs Medical Treatment
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59
Robot Security System
Robot Security System
Reborg-Q
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58
Brain Controlled Robot
Brain Controlled Robot
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57
Mall-Roaming Robots
Mall-Roaming Robots
Guard Robot D1 Acts as a Guide and Security Staff
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56
Anti-PMS Robots
Anti-PMS Robots
Panadol Menstrual Ads
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55
Robot Golf Partners
Robot Golf Partners
Shadow Caddy
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54
Disco-Dancing Robots
Disco-Dancing Robots
Get Down With These Choreographed R2-D2s
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53
Urban Robots Go Viral in Japan
Urban Robots Go Viral in Japan
Vending Machine RED
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52
Toyota Violin Playing Robot
Toyota Violin Playing Robot
Helpful Humanoids by 2010
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51
Robot Built Homes
Robot Built Homes
Replacing Inefficient Humans (Video)
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50
Recreating Classic Films With Robots
Recreating Classic Films With Robots
The Shining with a WowWee Tribot
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49
Automated Horticulture
Automated Horticulture
MIT Demonstrates Robotic Gardening Techniques
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48
Construction Cyborgs
Construction Cyborgs
Kaputt.R Demolition Robot is a Destructive Demon
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47
BEAR Robot Can Pick Up and Rescue Soldiers
BEAR Robot Can Pick Up and Rescue Soldiers
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46
Kitchen Robot Does The Dishes!
Kitchen Robot Does The Dishes!
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45
Intelligent Bartender Bots
Intelligent Bartender Bots
The DIY SOBEaR v02 Has a Built-In Breathalyzer
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44
Remote-Controlled Gamer Robots
Remote-Controlled Gamer Robots
The Roboni-i is Ultimate Interactive Gaming With Real Bots
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43
Robot Soccer
Robot Soccer
Androids Dream of Soccer Glory
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42
Rice Planting Robot
Rice Planting Robot
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Robot Layoffs
Robot Layoffs
In Japan, the Recession Also Extends to Human Replacements
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40
Mechanical Fashion Models
Mechanical Fashion Models
'Super Models' Invade Tush Magazine
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39
Chess Robots With Fake Arms
Chess Robots With Fake Arms
Novag 2Robot Chess Game
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Running Robots
Running Robots
Toyota's Newer, Faster Robot Gives Us A Reason To Stay In Shape
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Fembots Replacing Human Actors
Fembots Replacing Human Actors
Actroid DER-2 Stars in TV Commercial
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36
Underwater Pollution Sniffers
Underwater Pollution Sniffers
Robotic Fish to Detect Marine Pollutants in Ocean Near Spain
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35
Stealth Spy Robots
Stealth Spy Robots
SAM Snooper Camera Rod Extends from 25 Inches to 20 Feet
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34
Robot Secretaries (UPDATE)
Robot Secretaries (UPDATE)
Phorone
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33
Dancing Robot Pets
Dancing Robot Pets
Tattooed iDod Amp'd, iCat, iCy and Ampbot
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32
Receptionist Robots (FOLLOW UP)
Receptionist Robots (FOLLOW UP)
Wakamaru
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Snowplow Robot
Snowplow Robot
Yuki-Taro is Even Armed GPS and Video Cameras
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Cute Rehabilitation Robots
Cute Rehabilitation Robots
Taizou Offers Beneficial Exercises While Keeping a Smile on His Face
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Self-Fueling Robots
Self-Fueling Robots
The EATR Will Hunt and Forage for Its Energy
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Life-Saving Robots
Life-Saving Robots
Robocue Comes to the Rescue Where Humans Hesitate to Go
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27
Bridal Robots
Bridal Robots
The HRP-4C Unit Walked Down the Aisle on a Runway in Osaka, Japan
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26
Cow-Milking Robots
Cow-Milking Robots
Automated Dairy Extractors
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25
Robo-Masons
Robo-Masons
The R-O-B Robot Builds Walls
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24
Fashion Model Robots
Fashion Model Robots
The HRP-4C Is Japan's Answer to Unaging Female Models
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23
Suggestive Typewriter Robots
Suggestive Typewriter Robots
The 'Nude IV Delilah' Robot is a Seductive Magnet
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22
Being Served by Robots
Being Served by Robots
This Radio-Controlled Table Replaces Restaurant Waitstaff
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21
Fire-Breathing Robots
Fire-Breathing Robots
Junkyard Dog with Indigestion Roams the Streets of London
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20
Sexy Robot Entertainers
Sexy Robot Entertainers
Korean EveR1 and R2
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19
Substitute Teacher Robots
Substitute Teacher Robots
Saya the Humanoid Could Be Your Child's Future Teacher
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Robot Dance Battles
Robot Dance Battles
Mini Robot Dancers Wow the Crowd at Japan's IREX
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17
Athletic Mini Robots
Athletic Mini Robots
The I-Sobot Plays Sports Like Soccer and Boxing
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Robot Chefs
Robot Chefs
The Motoman SDA10
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15
Snow Shoveling Robots
Snow Shoveling Robots
The i-Shovel Robot is Ready to Rid Your Walkway of Snow
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14
Partner Ballroom Dancing Robot
Partner Ballroom Dancing Robot
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13
Robotic Babysitters
Robotic Babysitters
In-Store Robo-Nanny Lets You Shop in Peace
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12
Personal Transportation Robots
Personal Transportation Robots
The Toyota Winglet
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11
Hairstylist Bots
Hairstylist Bots
Markku Lahdesmaki's Robots Bicycle, Get Drunk & Juggle
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10
Robotic Butlers
Robotic Butlers
Butl-R-Bot is a Futuristic Kitchen Assistant
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9
Freestyling Robots (UPDATE)
Freestyling Robots (UPDATE)
Russia's Toyota Prius Robot is Captured in Stunning Images
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8
Sushi-Making Robots
Sushi-Making Robots
Chef Robot Uses Realistic FANUC M-430iA Hand to Make Nigiri
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7
Maid Machines
Maid Machines
Anna Karmazina Creates a Bathroom-Cleaning Robot
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6
Hair Transplant Robot
Hair Transplant Robot
Restoration Robotics Help Docs Plug Heads
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5
Robot Run Restaurants
Robot Run Restaurants
Robo Cafe Signals the Coming Rise of the Machines
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4
DARPA-Inspired Cyborg Bugs
DARPA-Inspired Cyborg Bugs
Dean Christ's Controversial Collection Casts Eye On Warfare
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3
Robot Soldiers
Robot Soldiers
UN Peace Robots Make Love, Not War
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2
Nurse Robots
Nurse Robots
RIBA Assists and Interacts with Humans
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1
Real Life Sex Doll Robots
Real Life Sex Doll Robots
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