I, For One, Welcome…


our new Robot overlords:

SEOUL, South Korea — When you approach the sleek silver counter of Lounge X, a cafe in one of southern Seoul’s corporate hubs, a masked and aproned barista takes your order. Motioning toward the chip reader, he completes the order and walks over to pick out a glass cup. He presses a few buttons, then hands it off to Baris, the robot barista.

The automaton dances in dainty circles to the rhythm of a drip algorithm as hot water trickles into the filter. Mimicking the movements of a human being, Baris huffs and puffs, its body subtly lurching up and down a few times — an indicator of fatigue.

The robotics cafe, founded almost a year ago, finds itself in the middle of South Korea’s “untact” paradigm, the word being a portmanteau of the negative prefix “un” and “contact” that alludes to what a contactless society in the post-coronavirus era will look like.

If you click on the LoungeX link in the story, you can see a robot at work, though I don’t think it is the same one: no apron!

 

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8 Responses to I, For One, Welcome…

  1. *”here I am, brain the size of a planet, forced to make coffee for nerds.” * said Marvin, wearily.

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  2. sos says:

    Whelp, no uncanny valley to speak of. I suspect it’s just a matter of time until they are hacked and peeing into your coffee. Which, I assume, is what makes a Covfefe.

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  3. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    But is it a sexy robot barista?

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  4. Dennis Cole says:

    I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but it seems that a lot of the preliminary R & D in Robots an Animatrons focused on making sex-dolls as lifelike as possible. Which only makes sense, seeing how popular it’s been over the centuries and eons, and it could also help with fundraising for future R & D efforts….

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  5. donnah says:

    Frankly, I would love that Jetsons set up where you step onto the conveyor belt and come through the closet all dressed.

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  6. donnah says:

    Rastro!

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