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2018

Opening of the first in China completely robotic restaurant

In November, 2018 the large online retailer JD.com opened the first in China completely robotic restaurant and announced plans to start up to 1 thousand such points of public catering by 2020. Read more here.

Cooks and waiters in Las Vegas strike against rival robots

On June 1, 2018 members of labor union of cooks of Las Vegas came to a strike in protest at robots because of whom professional culinary specialists and other workers of a public catering can be left without work. The matter is that the duration of the agreement of labor union with 34 gambling and entertaining institutions in the city expired, and this agreement protected people from dismissals owing to substitution by the automated equipment.

According to the Futurism edition, cooks and waiters of Las Vegas are concerned by the growing distribution of the culinary technologies which are forcing out people from kitchen. The automatic points of a power supply occupied with cooking organize the whole performances: cook and give food at the Boston restaurant Spyce, and CafeX in San Francisco using only one automatic hand shakes up latte and a cappuccino.

On June 1, 2018 members of labor union of cooks of Las Vegas organized protest actions against robots, because of kotor [professional culinary specialists can be left without work
On June 1, 2018 members of labor union of cooks of Las Vegas organized protest actions against robots, because of kotor [professional culinary specialists can be left without work

The automatic machine for preparation of Momentum Machine hamburgers is expected the volume suitable Las Vegas, – it issues 400 burgers per hour. According to forecasts of analysts of Pew Research Center, by 2025 in the culinary industry even more technologies will be used, and cooks should adapt to such trend.

However, by 2018 the robots in the power supply industry who are taking away work from people are not really widespread. All just the opposite – different technologies, for example, the applications taking orders that entailed to growth of number of jobs are used. According to the report published in September, 2017 by labor union of workers of public catering of California, use of technologies forced restaurants to employ more cooks.

The digital platform of orders brought in Starbucks coffee shop to building. sales volume, and the company increased number of employees to cope with influx of buyers. Thus, robots can perform unskilled works, and people to be engaged in service of visitors.

This a combination can turn out the most advantageous, and it what is demanded by members of labor union in Las Vegas. According to them, cooks support innovations which facilitate work, but they against complete replacement by robots.

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In our case the human factor, said in the statement of the trade-union organization is very important.[1]
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The restaurant with the robots cooks cooking healthy food opened

In May, 2018 in the center of Boston the new restaurant of a healthy power supply Spyce equipped with robotic kitchen opened. Its concept was developed by graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kale Rogers, Michael Farid, Brady Knight and Luke Schlueter - now they call themselves not differently as Spyce Boys.

Creators say that the idea of the robots capable to prepare quite difficult dishes came to them during study: the busy students who in addition to study were actively playing sports were not able to afford to cook every evening healthy and tasty food, and a dinner at restaurants for $10 to them just it was too expensive. Then they decided to make the robot capable to cope with such uncommon task as preparation and laying of a dinner, and then to use this technology for opening of this restaurant of a fast and healthy food.

Graduates of MIT opened in Boston restaurant with robots instead of cooks and waiters
Graduates of MIT opened in Boston restaurant with robots instead of cooks and waiters
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All of us were obsessed with engineers robotics therefore all of us left off smoking and, without thinking twice, assembled such robot in the cellar where gathered for study and exchange of the ideas, - the former students on the website of new restaurant explained.
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The cofounder and chief executive officer Michael Fareed together with the culinary director Daniel Boulud provided to Instagram of video to show how robots take and execute the order. Boulud is the famous cook who received a set of awards, - told that it was incredibly impressed with video which was sent it by Spyce Boys and not only became the investor and one of directors of new restaurant, but also invited the chef Sam Benson who worked for him in Boulud cafe.

The restaurant specializes in seven options of rice dishes, and the order for each of them can be configured so that it suited the vegetarian, the vegan or the person with intolerance of gluten.[2]

The robot barista in the Tokyo cafe

At the beginning of February, 2018 in Sibuya, shopping and business area of Tokyo, the new cafe where in quality the barista works the one-armed robot by the name of Sawyer opened.

To drink the coffee made by the robotic waiter, to visitors of cafe under the name Henn na Cafe (transfer from Japanese "unusual cafe"), it is necessary to select and pay drink in the vending machine, and then to transfer the check with the QR code the barista.

Robot barista
Robot barista

The robot not only executes the order, but also talks to the client.

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How about a cup of delicious coffee? — the barista equipped with the display with pair of animated eyes and a hand manipulator as asks industrial robots. — I here the best kofevar, to people not to be compared to me.
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On order fulfillment at the robot several minutes leave. At the same time Sawyer can service up to five clients. The cup of svezhesvarenny coffee costs 320 yens (about $3). Also using the machine automatic machine the barista can make other hot drinks, including a cappuccino, tea and hot chocolate, Associated Press tells.[3]

Robot barista
Robot barista

The H.I.S. travel agency which possesses the innovation cafe see a set of pluses in use of robots. According to Masatak Tamaki (Masataka Tamaki), the director of corporate planning in H.I.S., for robotic cafe only one living employee while in normal coffee shops several people work is necessary.

The robot not only quicker and more effectively copes with functions the barista, but also also entertains visitors. In queue behind the orders people with interest watch Sawyer's manipulations and photograph it.

It should be noted that the H.I.S. travel agency owns in Japan also Henn na Hotel hotel chain in which robots, and Huis Ten Bosch theme park in the prefecture of Nagasaki are used too. According to the The Asahi Shimbun edition, the company thinks of opening of additional robotic cafes on the objects.[4]

Robots strippers

During the annual Consumer Electronics Show 2018 exhibition at the beginning of January pair of robots strippers made of parts of a dummy, automobile janitors and old CCTV cameras instead of the head "acted". Robots even accept a tip, making the looped movements which are controlled from the computer at a pole, and are provided in Sapphire Gentleman's Club which is not included into the official CES program, but quite often draws attention of inquisitive participants.

The managing director of club Peter Feinstein reported that he invited robots dancers for a change to show something new and unique as in 2018 to club 18 years are performed, and these robots are very interesting by the technology.

Robots strippers on CES 2018
Robots strippers on CES 2018

Pair of robots dancers who were created in 2012 are creation of the British artist Giles Walker who describes himself as the artist of scrap metal with passion to creation of animatronny robots. One of other its The Last Supper projects includes 13 robots interacting at a table.

The artist tells that robots dancers were developed as the protest art project about observation, the power and voyeurism when he noticed universal distribution of CCTV cameras for observation of people in Great Britain for the purpose of security.

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Having delivered CCTV cameras on a body of dancers, I look at the relations of voyeurism and the power. I played with this idea of voyeurism and who has a power in the relations — whether it be the voyeur or the person whom monitor — Walker says.
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According to him, with the advent of his robots in a strip club, the project deviated from the initial vision a little. Nevertheless, robots it is possible to hire for corporate parties.[5]

2017

The robot waitress in a pizzeria in Pakistan

One of pizzerias in Pakistan endures this boom after owners of an institution decided to use the robot waitress in the cafe, reported the Associated Press agency in July, 2017.[6]

The creator of the 25-kilogram robot is a local engineer Osama Jafri whose father owns a pizzeria of Pizza.com in the city of Multan of the Pakistani province of Punjab.

The robot waitress in the Pakistani pizzeria
The robot waitress in the Pakistani pizzeria

According to the developer, his "child" can meet and welcome clients on an input, and then bring the ordered pizza to a table. The robot is executed in the form of the low slender woman in a long dress and an apron. Not to confuse conservative frequenters of a pizzeria, to robotic waitresses tie a scarf on a neck.

In an interview to the edition Osama Jafri told that the first robot appeared in a pizzeria in February of this year, and since then sales grew twice. Now in cafe three "robo-waitresses" work already, and the owner of a pizzeria is going to open one more institution with robots.

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Earlier I just sold pizza, and now owners of other restaurants want to buy from me robots — Aziz Jafri told journalists.
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Analysts predict rapid growth of the world market of robotics in the near future. According to estimates of Tractica research company, during the period from 2016 to 2022 proceeds from sales of robots of industrial and nonindustrial function should increase from $31 billion to $237.3 billion.

Specialists note that if were demanded earlier, generally industrial robots, then now the models intended for the consumers, corporate users and other spheres which are not connected with the industry are in the increasing demand. Also the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned vehicles are ranked as the perspective directions of the market of robotics.[7]

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