Sure, C-3PO was basically a teetotaler, but that doesn't mean he couldn't have whipped up a mean dirty martini if given the chance. That opportunity is finally here for the droids of today—in a galaxy a little closer by. Robots are officially taking over restaurant and bar gigs typically held by mere humans, both on land and at sea. Ahoy, new overlords?
This summer will see the unleashing of the so-called “first Robotic Bar in the World” in the Las Vegas Miracle Mile Shops. Though we don’t yet know much about exactly what to expect in the Transformers n’ tonic set-up, there's no doubt it will be insanely selfie-worthy. (And, oh, the Instagram Stories it will undoubtedly tell…) Meanwhile, the Bionic Bar on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas ship already has matching robots pouring 120 drinks an hour to cruisers who may or may not feel like they’ve accidentally sailed into the future.
Following the lead of robotic cooks and servers at restaurants in China and Pakistan, CaliBurger just introduced a robot named Flippy to cook up the patties at its Pasadena location. While Flippy definitely doesn’t have the classic cute-bot look that his more humanoid international predecessors boast, he’s got burger-flipping down to a literal science, and his attitude is always positive. There are even robots prepping pizza in Silicon Valley and serving up sausages in Germany. (Naturally, that one’s been dubbed the BratWurst Bot.)
But once you get past the undeniable cool factor of a robot sliding you a Manhattan or an order of fries, the novelty may quickly wear off. We need actual humans in restaurants and bars. A robo-server may not be able to compute your special request for extra heat in your curry, and a robo-bartender is not likely going to listen to your woes with a sympathetic ear and some vague-yet-sage words of wisdom. Sometimes empathy trumps efficiency. Plus we still have to be on guard about that whole robot-uprising thing...
Take a look at robots mixing up cocktails on the high seas:
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