When I was a child, my dad gave me a humanoid-shaped Robot for my birthday that was modeled after the character in the classic movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” “Gort” was shaped a bit like the Tin Man from the "Wizard of Oz", but could decimate army tanks with light rays that emanated from an ominous slit for his eyes. I was immediately aware that the toy really wasn’t for me. Did I mention that my dad didn’t have any sons?

Between that image, and the one that comes to mind in the auto factory, where robots reach from their tethered holds to fasten nuts and bolts to cars on the manufacturing line, I admit to certain skepticism when I term “robotics”, applied to robotic process automation (RPA) for insurance.

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