There may not be any showy robots like C3PO from Star Wars hanging out at the airport, but as reported by the WSJ we can see the beginnings of robot technology at work:
Airlines are laying the groundwork for the next big step in the increasingly automated airport experience: a trip from the curb to the plane without interacting with a single airline employee.
Unions understand what is happening:
Airline-employee unions, however, say the machines are a way for carriers to cut staff by outsourcing preboarding tasks to fliers. "Clearly it's not something passengers are clamoring for," said Frank Larkin, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. "More technology, fewer people? I don't think so."
I’m generally happy with self-service. You don’t have to tip machines, and if they build enough of them, there’s no waiting in line. Airports always seem to have lines for everything. I really hate lines.
New Jersey is the most annoying place to buy gasoline because a featherbedding law requires the gas to be pumped by employees of the gas station. This usually means sitting in your car and waiting for the guy to come over, and then sitting in the car and waiting again for the guy to come back after the gas automatically stops pumping.
Rich people probably like being serviced because it feeds their oversized egos and makes them feel like bigshots, and as I point out, in the future a lot of middle-class jobs will be about performing unnecessary services for rich people so they can have that feeling of superiority over the masses.