|Waitress Robot Backwards Progress
||[Jun. 17th, 2009|12:00 pm]
Japan strikes again, bringing us one step closer to living The Jetsons lifestyle on a daily basis. This time, they have invented a robotic table, the idea being that you can use a remote control to deliver food and drink via the robot.
I think this is a bad, backwards idea.
People choose one bar over another because of the wait staff. This robot is not sexy. You can't flirt with a robot. A robot won't give you free drinks (unless, of course, you figure out some way to hack it on the fly, but then why are you in the bar in the first place? You're too nerdy to be here.) You can't seduce the bot into bed and you can't play grab ass with it.
I took a quick survey of my co-workers. They seem to think that robots like this would be more cost efficient in the long run. I don't see how that would be the case. When the robot breaks down, you have to pay a technician big bucks to fix it or pay full price to replace it. True, you don't have to tip a robot, but that means that the bar can raise their prices on the drinks to compensate. Robots may be more reliable than some stupid girl who's trying to get laid or score some smack, but robots can't adapt to situations such as blocked paths, specialty orders not already pre-programmed, etc. Robots are impersonal.
While this may be a milestone in robotics and breakthrough in making something automated being able to balance its weight not unlike a human being, at the end of the day, once the novelty wears off, I think that most bar hoppers will want flesh and blood that they can interact and be fresh with and wish for the bot only when the waitress is ugly.