Robots predicted to replace majority of jobs in the Las Vegas valley

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It used to be robots were something most people only saw in movies, but now there are several places across the nation and right here in Las Vegas where you can run into the real thing: a walking, talking robot.

There’s pepper the robot who greets guests at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Elvis and Priscilla are the newest staff members at the Renaissance Las Vegas.

And during CES weekend, there were two robots putting on a show at "Sapphire" gentleman’s club.

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Whether they are making deliveries or standing in as a family pet, robots are becoming a part of society.

But there are concerns.

"I've got mixed feelings on that because it does take somebody's job away," said Luci Azevedi, a guest staying at the Mandarin Oriental.

A study released in May of 2017 by the Institute For Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) shows robots may pose a real threat to the job market.

Many jobs, especially lower-income jobs can be easily automated. The ISEA study predicts many of those types of jobs here in Las Vegas will vanish in the next 10 to 20-years.

Steve Cousins is the CEO of Savioke a company that creates robots. He says the jobs robots are doing won't replace workers, but make their jobs easier.

"I think that robots end up doing things that are so simple you wouldn't even put it on your resume," said Cousins. "The robots are taking the boring jobs, it's just not that satisfying,” said Cousins.

Karl Kruger, the General Manager at the Renaissance Hotel says robots could never replace his employees.

"We're in the hospitality business. We engage with our guests, and that's a piece of engagement that I don't think the robots will ever do," Kruger said.

Despite this, the study says Robots could eventually replace 65 percent of jobs in the valley.

And Las Vegas isn't the only city that's predicted to lose jobs because of robots. The ISEA predicts that Orlando, Florida and San Bernardino, California could be hit just as hard.

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