With the continued path for the technological development and advancement, another historic event took the robotic industry in the limelight.
The robot barista started to served the San Francisco community in US.
Known as Gordon, it is a robotic arm that serves seven types of coffee drinks, including espressos and cafe lattes, from a toll-booth sized stall in a San Francisco shopping complex.
The new system is another manifestation of how robots and automation are replacing jobs traditionally held by people, doing them more efficiently and cheaply.
As of posting, Gordon considered as the first robotic barista in the U.S., and it could serve about 120 coffees in an hour.
“A lot of us spend a lot of time in line waiting for coffee,” Henry Hu, CEO of Cafe X Technologies, the local start-up that created the robot, told USA Today.
“And we decided to do something about it, ” he added.
The tech company has built a toll-booth sized stall to house Gordon, and customers can approach the stall or order via a mobile application.
Gordon can serve seven drinks, including espressos and cafe lattes, for about $2.25 to $2.95 per 8-ounce cup.
The company managing the system said the customer has nothing to worry on getting their names wrong, either. After choosing their type of drink, flavor, and intensity of flavor, customers enter a mobile number to get a four-digit code and then pay. When their drink is ready, they receive a text message.
“We’re an inflection point where technology will get smarter and smarter, and adapt to people — for years, it was just the opposite,” says Accenture CTO Paul Daugherty.
Gordon is one of many examples of automated systems that displaced jobs, intensifying that automation and digitization are expected to displace jobs in several industries, including manufacturing, clerical and public services, legal work, and even IT.
Meanwhile, the debate on how to deal with that loss is still up, with potential solutions including advanced education and universal basic income (UBI).