Artificial intelligence enters the workplace as Betty the Robot lands trainee office manager job

The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC), has employed a new member of staff in the form of Betty the robot

Betty is working as a trainee office manager on a two-month trial, responsible for tasks such as greeting guests at reception.

Betty runs using artificial intelligence-driven software. Using cameras and scanners she is able to patrol the office, assess how many staff members are in the office outside of working hours and monitor the environment, which includes desk clutter, office temperature, humidity and noise.  She can even check the fire doors!

Betty is part of the £7.2 million, EU-funded STRANDS project, led by the University of Birmingham, which focuses on robots learning how to act intelligently and independently in real world environments. This includes changes in 3D spaces over time.

Chief operating officer at TSC, Mark Ruddy, said: “At the TSC, innovation and new technologies are at the core of our business so we are excited to be hosting the STRANDS project. Thanks to our ongoing work on autonomous technology, Betty should feel right at home in the TSC’s facilities. We hope that we can learn from her as much as she can learn from us during her stay.”

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