A woman in Australia sent a robot to wait in line at the Apple Store for her new iPhone, so welcome to the future. Lucy Kelly works for Atomic 212, a media agency which has perks that include sending robots to run errands for employees. The robot is basically an iPad attached to a Segway, controlled remotely by Lucy via her computer. She said the company utilizes robots for everything around the office:
We use them for everything, just to show new technology. It is a cool demonstration of what the future of technology will be. We are obsessed with them.
If they use the robots for "everything" at the office, it probably means that the robots gossip about each other and that two robots get drunk every year at the Christmas party and have sex. Kelly's boss suggested she send the robot for her iPhone so that she could stay in the office.
I wanted to be one of the first people to have the iPhone 6S, but obviously because of work I can't spend two days standing in line waiting for a mobile phone. So my boss said 'Just take the robot down, you'll still be able to do your work, but you'll still be waiting in line.'
Many people would probably go with the opposite plan of waiting in line themselves, while the robot stays at the office to toil away in a cube and sit through senseless meetings. We will certainly see more people sending robots into their boss's office to request permission to leave early on Fridays.