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Say hello to your co-worker, HAL. Automation is hitting office jobs in Chicago

Say hello to your co-worker, HAL. Automation is hitting office jobs in Chicago

There's a new robot in town at West Monroe Partners' human resources department, and it's expected to shave off hours of work.

The bot, programed into an unassuming Lenovo Thinkpad, helps employees at the Chicago-based business and information technology consulting firm bring on new workers, entering data into a laundry list of systems. It's a job that takes an HR representative about 25 minutes. Rosie — named after the housemaid robot on "The Jetsons" — can do it in five.

Rosie represents one way companies are using technology to replace tasks performed by white-collar workers, a trend previously more closely associated with blue-collar manufacturing. It's part of a...