Robot bartenders? No minimum wage or tips required

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    Nov 02, 2014 5:24 PM GMT
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2014/11/01/quantum-robot-bar-cruise/18308319/

    Officially debuting Sunday when Quantum of the Seas sets sail on its maiden voyage, the robot bartenders take drink orders directly from passengers via tablets located around the bar. Passengers then can watch as the machines prepare the concoctions -- with an occasional assist from a human. The robotic arms draw liquor from dozens of bottles hanging from above and are programmed to add just the right amount of mixers, ice and even lemons and mint.

    Like your martinis shaken and not stirred? No problem, says Insica, who spoke with USA TODAY in front of the robot bartenders as they showed off their proficiency (see videos above and below).

    "You can (have the robot) shake, you can muddle, you can stir," he says.
  • LJay

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    Nov 03, 2014 4:46 PM GMT
    Fantasizing about sex with the bartender is now out of the game unless you have a robot kink. Not.
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    Nov 03, 2014 6:26 PM GMT
    Also quashes the longstanding gay fantasy of shagging Lowes and Home Depot employees: http://www.businessinsider.com/john-oliver-home-depot-ad-2014-11
  • Svnw688

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    Nov 03, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    This will never work.

    (1). There's a huge legal liability issue here. How can a machine ensure that person is over age? Does it limit the amount of drinks you can order within a given time? What if you actually drop your drink? Or what if you're buying a round for 6 people? Or what if you're buying 5 kids drinks and making 20 bucks? The point is, a machine can never legally discern whether a person is a minor or not, and this cannot be outsourced. If someone gets in trouble from drinking from one of those machines, whoever is profiting from said machine is legally liable for whoever gets hurt/killed as a result. No way this will work from a legal perspective. Lawsuits will financially kill it.

    (2). There's also a huge social factor to having a bartender. From flirting, to chit chat, to commoraderie. There are other areas that could, economically speaking, be "leaner," but because people like a personal touch, the markets have resisted by decades and will continue to resist. Honestly, it's akin to saying video conferencing with your lover is the same as a date. It's a decent substitute under certain circumstances, but it cannot replace being in your loved one's presence. This is the same phenomenon, just to a lesser degree. People like their bartenders where "everybody knows your name." A machine cannot give that to you. Period, full stop.
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    Nov 03, 2014 8:50 PM GMT
    Svnw688 saidThis will never work.

    (1). There's a huge legal liability issue here. How can a machine ensure that person is over age? Does it limit the amount of drinks you can order within a given time? What if you actually drop your drink? Or what if you're buying a round for 6 people? Or what if you're buying 5 kids drinks and making 20 bucks? The point is, a machine can never legally discern whether a person is a minor or not, and this cannot be outsourced. If someone gets in trouble from drinking from one of those machines, whoever is profiting from said machine is legally liable for whoever gets hurt/killed as a result. No way this will work from a legal perspective. Lawsuits will financially kill it.

    (2). There's also a huge social factor to having a bartender. From flirting, to chit chat, to commoraderie. There are other areas that could, economically speaking, be "leaner," but because people like a personal touch, the markets have resisted by decades and will continue to resist. Honestly, it's akin to saying video conferencing with your lover is the same as a date. It's a decent substitute under certain circumstances, but it cannot replace being in your loved one's presence. This is the same phenomenon, just to a lesser degree. People like their bartenders where "everybody knows your name." A machine cannot give that to you. Period, full stop.


    Except it's already being put to practice. Oh the lack of imagination of supposed lawyers ;)
  • Svnw688

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    Nov 03, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    (1). That something is being "put into practice" does not mean it will catch on, or that it is economically or legally viable.

    (2). There's nothing "supposed" about my good standing and state bar admissions, or my admission before the S.D.N.Y. courts, thank you very much.

    (3). Again, I do not think it'll work because of legal and social impediments. These "bartenders" are a lawsuit waiting to happen, and people like their bartenders too much to go to a trumped-up soda-fountain.
  • Svnw688

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    Nov 03, 2014 9:28 PM GMT
    Oh, and to add on. This isn't being put into practice ANYWHERE in the U.S.A.,, where it would likely be illegal under VICE and ATF regulations, and economically illegal because of civil lawsuits.

    The ship does not fly an American flag, and therefore it's "complying" with the non-existent laws of whatever flag it flies. So it's not "already being implemented" in America.
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    Nov 04, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    Dunno... I remember seeing blue-collar guys (literally - wearing dirty coveralls) in Japan, standing around beer and mixed-drink vending machines on the street, in the evenings, getting drunk, more than 30 years ago. It seemed very odd to me.


    That many prepositions in a sentence is enough to drive a man to drink...
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    Nov 04, 2014 2:33 AM GMT
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    Nov 05, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    "Funded! This project was successfully funded on November 15, 2013."

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/monsieur/monsieur-the-artificially-intelligent-robotic-bart

    http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/11/robot-bartender-maker-monsieur-takes-in-2-million/

    http://monsieur.co/
    "With Monsieur, venue owners now have a robotic workforce that monitors, in real-time, the usage and needs of customers and uncovers opportunities for additional revenue by anticipating when customers will need refills or service."