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Meet BookBot: Mountain View library’s newest robot helper

Only in Silicon Valley does a robot return your library books: “Residents in downtown Mountain View have gotten their first peek at the future with the debut of BookBot, the library’s newest non-human helper. A creation of Google’s Area 120 — an experimental division of the technology juggernaut — the bot is the company’s first personal delivery robot to hit the streets and begin interacting with the public, said Christian Bersch, the project’s team lead. It’s part of a program to test the waters of what could be possible for autonomous, electric robots, he said. “Right now, we just want to learn how this would work, how it operates and what kinds of problems we’d run into,” he said. “It’s still an active development.”…”

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