If you had a robot for the entire day, what would you ask it to do?

If you had a robot for the entire day, what would you ask it to do?

We asked our readers: If you had a robot for the entire day, what would you ask it to do? Here are our favourite answers.

Help the needy

I’d ask it to help as many people as it could in the day.  I’d rather have it help needy people in Hong Kong or even the world, than ask it to fulfil my wishes. I’d especially want it to help the poor children and families in war-torn countries.
Nayab Naseer Qureshi, 15, True Light Girls’ College

Repair and clone itself 

First, I’d have the robot study its own manual so it could repair itself if needed. Then I’d ask the robot to create more robots so I could give them to my friends. After that, I’d invite my friends and their robots over so we could play together.
Yoonjung Choi, 14, Hong Kong International School

Do all the chores 

I’d definitely ask the robot to complete all the boring chores my mum asks me to do. I’d also ask it to be my sports buddy so I could have someone to play badminton and tennis with. Lastly, I’d ask it to help me finish all my school work so I could watch Netflix for the rest of the day without stressing about anything.
Gangwani Lakshmi Ajay, 13, Delia Memorial Secondary School (Glee Path)

I’d ask it to clean my bedroom. My room is very messy, with books piled up on the bookshelf, and odds and ends heaped on my desk. Being in my room makes me feel disoriented, but I’m too lazy to tidy my things. It would be great if a robot could help me arrange my room. 
Hayley Pang, 16, Carmel Pak U Secondary School

I’d ask it to help my mum with the housework and play with my little brother in the morning. Then, in the afternoon, I’d ask it to help me with my homework. Once we finished, we could play ball games outside with my brother. In the evening, I would ask the robot to go to my grandma’s house to cook dinner for my family because it hurts my grandma to be on her feet for a long time, so I’d want her to just rest.
Man Tsz-ching, 13, Precious Blood Secondary School

Make more money

If I had a robot for a day, I’d ask it to make money for me so I could help my parents out with their finances. Without money, you can’t always buy what you want, or even what you need. I think there are many people who could use a robot that can make money.
Andrey Tam, 17, STFA Seaward Woo College

Fly me around the world 

If I had a robot, I’d want a flying robot. I’d like it to take me around the world to enjoy different types of international cuisines because I love eating. That way I wouldn’t have to waste time checking in at the airport or waiting to board a plane. Travelling on my flying robot would definitely be quicker, and more convenient. When I returned to Hong Kong, I’d publish a book about the many dishes I tried in the day. How terrific would that be?
Daniel Lee Tsz-tan, 13, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Travel to the future

I’d give it an important job. I’d ask my robot to travel to the future to find my mum and dad so it could ask them how they are doing. I’m okay with not knowing what will happen in the future, but I just want to make sure my parents are happy and well.
Boris Tsang Tsun-yin, 14, Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School

Bring me to outer space
I’d ask it to take me to outer space so I could explore the universe. The robot would be able to protect me from the elements in space, and give me oxygen to breathe. Then, at the end of the day, I could press a button and the robot would take me back home to Earth.
Jenny Fung, 13, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Cook dinner
I’d ask my robot to cook dinner for my family. My mum and dad usually don’t have time to cook for me and we often go out for fast food. I would like to have a home-cooked meal and eat it together with my parents.
Sin Yi-ho, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School


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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Help for the day

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