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The little robotic waiter wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, "Enjoy your meal". The futuristic restaurant concept is the latest initiative in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's push to modernize service and retail in a country where robotics and artificial intelligence are increasingly being integrated into commerce.Raising efficiency and lowering labor costs are the objectives at Alibaba's "Robot.He" Alibaba now has 57 Hema markets in 13 Chinese cities, all of which will eventually feature the robotic restaurants.Alibaba's e-commerce rival JD.com has announced plans to open 1,000 restaurants by 2020 in which food will be prepared and served by robots.Robotics could spread if China labor costs continue to grow, he said.
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