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Apr 11, 2018 08:11 PM
FINANCE

Shanghai Bank Staffed by ‘Little Girl’ Robots

A visitor browses a tablet held by a robot teller at China Construction Bank’s unmanned branch in Shanghai on Wednesday. Photo: Leng Cheng/Caixin
A visitor browses a tablet held by a robot teller at China Construction Bank’s unmanned branch in Shanghai on Wednesday. Photo: Leng Cheng/Caixin

China’s second-largest lender has opened a branch staffed by two robots and no humans after cutting nearly 10,000 workers last year.

China Construction Bank (CCB) claims its new branch on Shanghai’s Jiujiang Road is the country’s first fully automated bank. A robot at the doors greets customers, speaking through a female face encased in a shiny plastic helmet. It clutches a touchscreen tablet to its chest for customers to use. Slots for bank cards are sunk into its waist.

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