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Robots are taking over as airport guides

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A humanoid Furo robot guides Sea-Tac travelers through the intricacies of the security screening process in multiple languages. (Port of Seattle via YouTube)

I, for one, welcome our cute new robot overlords at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – as long as they don’t boss me around.

Two types of humanoid robots are getting tryouts this week at Sea-Tac: One is SoftBank’s Pepper robot, which is programmed to help travelers find food and drink establishments at the airport. The other is a Furo robot, which provides tips to get through the security lines faster.

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By Alan Boyle

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