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Of course, Family Mart in Japan is introducing robot cashiers

It’s funny how we’re constantly fantasising about a future where robots have taken over our daily lives.

Just look at how the cyberpunk genre has bloated significantly ever since the turn of the millennium, with the likes of I, Robot, Ex Machina, and modern takes of Westworld, Terminator and Robocop taking the entertainment medium by storm.

But what if we told you they’re literally taking over our daily lives today?

In Japan, at least, there seems to be some form of that future manifesting before our very eyes. Recently, the Family Mart convenience store chain has been doing somewhat of a structural overhaul to its staff, in the form of VR-controlled robots in its ranks.

This was done in collaboration with Telexistence, a robotics firm based in Tokyo, in effort to facilitate a more seamless and flexible work environment, and will free up staff to be able to tend to more pressing matters at hand.

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