When a robot is capable of multiple types of manual labour, is able to work twice as long as a human and will never complain about working conditions, many human workers have got something to worry about, even if that robot comes with a giant price tag. With no worries about harassment complaints, no fear of strikes, no backtalk and no vacation to worry about, many employers will look at independent robots as model employees.
I came across this story about a "tele-robot" via Twitter, and I didn't know what to expect when I clicked through. Still, I wasn't disappointed. It can't bring you a coffee, but it can walk around and order someone else to get you a coffee. Well, it's controller can.