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San Francisco: Cafe X – A robotic barista at SFO

San Francisco: Cafe X - A robotic barista at SFO

On our way home from Good Food Awards, we took the plane from San Francisco airport. SFO is a really nice, modern, airport, with lots of cool features such as yoga rooms (unfortunately closed while we were there), and in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 you can buy coffee from a robotic barista at Cafe X. The robot arm prepares different kinds of cold and hot coffee drinks to perfection, and it is truly fascinating to watch how meticulously the robotic barista performs the different tasks.

It is exciting to think about what the future holds, if we could have robots taking care of all the boring, repetitive jobs, and free the humans to work on more interesting stuff. I know some people fear that the robots will put a lot of people out of work, but I personally think that robotic workers are the way forward in all industries with monotonous, hard, physical, and dangerous jobs. Why would we have people working in the fields with strenuous tasks such as fruit and vegetable picking, if a robot could do the work? Some jobs might disappear, but these are jobs that aren’t very human friendly in the first place, and many new jobs will appear, as we would need people to design, program and maintain the robots, so I find it hard to believe that we would see any significant net loss of jobs because of the robots.

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Here’s a short video of the robot at Cafe X in action:

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