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October-December 2018

The rise of humanoid robotics in the Middle East

Countries in the Middle East are warming to humanoid robotics, robotic process automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence (AI) as these technologies become widely accepted globally. Although the Middle East is a hotbed for adoption of smart technology, it is still early days for adoption of humanoid robotics, RPA and AI. However, there has been a surge in usage cases for business, especially with humanoid robotics. Organisations in the government, security (police and defence), banking, energy and utilities, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, retail and education sectors have been piloting or adopting humanoid robotics into their existing IT systems to enhance the customer experience. Recent research by PwC Middle East estimated that the AI market in the Middle East could be worth $320bn by 2030. Nicolas Boudot, Emea sales director at SoftBank Robotics Europe, said the Middle East has become the latest market for the company’s socio-humanoid robot, known as Pepper, which was available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ...

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