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Waitress Robot Backwards Progress [Jun. 17th, 2009|12:00 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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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.

[User Picture]From: siempre_ame
2009-06-17 01:19 pm (UTC)
Pah! Now they have robotic servers, I do wonder what is next! However, I do think that the robot would be more cost-effective in the long run, and the break-downs are mere temporary fixes rather than long-term. Of course there's a flaw to everything.

This just proves that humanity is changing extremely fast, and pretty soon human interaction would not be needed.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-06-17 02:02 pm (UTC)
So you're saying that you'd rather me get drinks from a machine then tell you you're hot/pretty/cute/sexy?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-06-17 02:03 pm (UTC)
Would you rather have a robot serve you or a cute boy?
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[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2009-06-17 04:37 pm (UTC)
i prefer the robot.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-06-17 04:50 pm (UTC)
*le sigh*
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-06-17 07:50 pm (UTC)
As do I, sir. As do I. Now if I could only find a robotic barber who wouldn't talk off my goddamn ear while I was getting a haircut.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-06-17 07:49 pm (UTC)
People choose one bar over another because of the wait staff.

BUAHAHAHAHAHA! Where did you dream up this nugget? Is it something you made up because it supported your theory? Damn dude! Its like you're don't even try anymore.

God that's funny.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-06-17 07:55 pm (UTC)
I don't know what you're talking about. The story ran on Engadet.

All things being equal, people will choose to repeatedly patornize a place depending on how they like the wait staff/service. You wouldn't go to a bar to hang out several times a week if they constantly had a bad attitude. Given the choice, would you rather be served by an attractive young woman or an old hag?
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2009-06-17 10:46 pm (UTC)
"People choose one bar over another because of the wait staff."

No, your coming at this all wrong, that's why people go to Hooters.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-06-17 11:00 pm (UTC)
Either way, my point remains: men like to flirt with sexy waitresses and proprietors like to hire sexy waitresses to come get men to spend money.
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2009-06-18 09:03 am (UTC)
I can just see it now, you're at the bar, you order a drink, you see the robot moving towards you and......*Splash* the robot failed to see the guy sitting next to you get up and walked right into the guy, spilling your drink all over the floor.

I personally would prefer my date or some hot waiter getting me a drink then some cold steel moving thing.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-06-18 09:46 am (UTC)
Disscussing this issue at work yesterday, it was discussed that if the robot was programmed to fetch another drink if it spilled the one that it had, you could "trip" the bot, take the full drink that was on it, replace it with your empty glass and get it to bring you a now free drink.

I personally would prefer my date or some hot waiter getting me a drink then some cold steel moving thing.
I'm beginning to think you and I think a lot alike and have more in common than first thought.
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From: brutal_truth
2009-06-21 08:56 pm (UTC)
This is Japan we're talking about, they are not like other people. They like things to be in vending machines, they love having robots around to do things. They are a strange breed. Come on they have used underwear vending machines. They're creepy. The rest of the world will most likely never do this stuff.

Tho... I might want one to mix my manhattans and bring them to me when my cup gets empty... but that would be in my home, not my bar.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-06-22 11:21 am (UTC)
that would be in my home, not my bar.
Exactly! They're marketing this product to the wrong...market.
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