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Robots are replacing sidewalk sign-wavers now

Here's some real-life proof that robots have come to take our jobs.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 30, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 9:37 pm CDT

When you think about robots taking human jobs, you probably imagine a factory assembly line, not a sign-waver on the street.

But YouTube user juliusmarx found a robot engaged in exactly that menial task, advertising a local realtor by essentially acting as a glorified billboard. Most passing drivers would probably think this is a person, which makes it all the more creepy.

Welcome to the Uncanny Valley.

Photo via Havelbaude/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0)

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*First Published: Sep 30, 2015, 8:13 am CDT