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Robots at reception: South African hotel turns to machines to beat pandemic

AI-powered robot Ariel delivers room service to a guest at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

AI-powered robot Ariel delivers room service to a guest at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

AI-powered robot Ariel delivers room service to a guest at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
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AI-powered robot Ariel delivers room service to a guest at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

AI-powered robot Ariel delivers room service to a guest at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

AI-powered robot Ariel delivers room service to a guest at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
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AI-powered robot Lexi stands in the lobby welcoming guests at the Hotel Sky,  the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

AI-powered robot Lexi stands in the lobby welcoming guests at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

AI-powered robot Lexi stands in the lobby welcoming guests at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
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AI-powered robot Ariel stands outside a lift before delivering room service at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham

AI-powered robot Ariel stands outside a lift before delivering room service at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham

AI-powered robot Ariel stands outside a lift before delivering room service at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/ Sumaya Hisham
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AI-powered robot Ariel waits for room service food to be placed in its box for delivery to a guest at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

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AI-powered robot Ariel waits for room service food to be placed in its box for delivery to a guest at the Hotel Sky, the first in Africa to use automated attendants, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 9, 2021. Picture taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
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