At a time when many accounting firms are struggling to find and retain qualified staff, San Francisco’s Navolio & Tallman has added a robot to its team.

The machine, called the Beam mobile presence system, is more of a mobile video conferencing setup, rather than an artificially intelligent computer. It moves on wheels and has a “face” much like a tablet, and any employee can access the robot via an app on their smartphone to control its movement and have their face appear on its screen, so they can interact with other employees from remote locations.

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