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This bank is staffing branches with humanoid robots that dance, take selfies and push credit cards

June 26, 2018

Via: CNBC

Ground zero for the robot takeover of financial services is an HSBC branch in midtown Manhattan.

Here, crowds of camera phone-toting tourists cooed and clapped at Pepper, an adorable 4-foot-tall robot with a high-pitched voice and a tablet screen strapped to its chest, during a recent test run. HSBC executives are posting seven of the machines, created by SoftBank Robotics, in the lobby of their Fifth Avenue branch starting Tuesday to interact with customers and signal that the London-based bank is serious about technology.

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