Las Vegas brings to mind images of gambling, strip clubs and partying 24/7, but have you ever thought of robot pole dancers? Las Vegas tourists are being blown away by experiences in which robots are taking on major customer service roles.
The Vdara Hotel and Spa, a non-gaming Strip property, has released a pair of Relay robots that deliver snacks and goodies to hotel rooms. The pair, known as Fetch and Jett, were unveiled last month. These two room-service robots are not the first to embrace customer service in Las Vegas. Tipsy Robot, located in Plant Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops has used robot bartenders for over a year to serve drinks.
More intriguing, Las Vegas has even seen pole dancing robots. A pair of them made an appearance at Sapphire gentlemen’s club during a CES (Consumer Electronics Show) last January. Should you throw money at them? Who knows.
The idea of robots in a strip club is clearly a publicity stunt, but there is potential for them to perform many tasks, from flipping burgers to making pizza. The danger of robot competition could leave a significantly large amount of people unemployed.
“The Culinary Union has negotiated new automation and technology language in our latest five-year agreements,” says Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello Kline. “The language is innovative and we are the first union in the United States (and probably the world) that has such groundbreaking technology language that will protect workers. The automation and technology language ensures that workers have a say in how technology is implemented in their jobs, clear goals on retraining and retention, and that any layoffs are done in order by seniority with each worker having recall rights if ever jobs are available again in the future.”
McKinsey Global Institute reports while 60 percent of occupations have significant activities that can be automated by robots, the demand for labor could potentially grow due to the increase in productivity and technological process. Although, up to 14 percent of the global workforce might need to switch occupations due to automation.
While there are risks the come with automation, Kline says robots have not hurt union members so far. She says, “The Culinary Union has fought hard to protect workers over our 83 years and this new agreement is the best contract with the highest wage increases that workers have ever had.”