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Earlier this year, a humanoid robot standing at 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds, picked, packed, tagged, labeled, and folded clothes at a clothing store in Langley, Canada. Phoenix is the latest model of the robot, created by Sanctuary AI and powered by Carbon, a software platform that uses sophisticated AI to let the machine think and act like a real human laborer. “Already our technology can perform hundreds of tasks across dozens of industries, like healthcare, hospitality, logistics, retail, and warehousing,” says Geordie Rose, Sanctuary AI’s co-founder and CEO. “The goal is that our general-purpose robots will be capable of doing any work that people can do.”

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