The robot shop worker controlled by a faraway human

Publication Title
BBC News
Publication/Creation Date
October 5 2020
Chris Baraniuk (creator)
Telexistence Inc. (contributor)
Yuichiro Hikosaka (contributor)
Carl Benedikt Frey (contributor)
University Of Oxford (contributor)
Persuasive Intent

In a quiet aisle of a small supermarket in Tokyo, a robot dutifully goes about its work. Reaching down, it grabs yet another bottle of a flavoured drink that humans like, lifts it and places it on the shelf of a refrigerated unit. Then the next one. People come and go.

It looks like a well-integrated autonomous mechanical worker, but that is something of an illusion. This robot doesn't have a mind of its own. Several miles away, a human worker is controlling its every movement remotely and watching via a virtual reality (VR) headset that provides a robot's eye view."

HCI Platform
Relation to Body
Related Body Part
Hand, Eye
Marketing Keywords
Telexistence, Model-T, Surrogates

Related Collections
Humanoid Robots (2017-2021)
Date archived
November 2 2020
Last edited
July 6 2021
How to cite this entry
Chris Baraniuk. (October 5 2020). "The robot shop worker controlled by a faraway human". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation BBC. Fabric of Digital Life.