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Japanese cafe to be staffed by robot waiters

By T.K. Randall
September 25, 2018 · Comment icon 8 comments

The robots will be remotely controlled. Image Credit: YouTube / Newsletter Video Center / Jijipress
A cafe opening in Tokyo's Akasaka district will use robots controlled wirelessly by disabled operators.
The high-tech establishment, which will open in November, aims to demonstrate how machines can operate as proxies for people with physical disabilities who are otherwise unable to attend in person.

The robots, which measure 1.2 meters in height, can be remotely operated and are equipped with a microphone and camera so that the employee can view, hear and interact with customers.
"I want to create a world in which people who can't move their bodies can work too," said Kentaro Yoshifuji, CEO of Ory Lab. Inc. - the company that developed the robots.

In the future, setups like this one could make telecommuting a very real possibility for the thousands of people who are otherwise unable to work due to their disabilities.

Although the new cafe will only be open for a limited period, there are plans for a more permanent arrangement within the next few years.



Source: Japan Times | Comments (8)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
If the robots are being operated by people instead of replacing people (disabled or not) I'm all for the idea. Personally, I wouldn't mind working from home controlling a robot waiter, factory worker, construction worker, etc. Essentially getting paid to work from home playing a video game for 6-8 hours a day sounds pretty OK to me.
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
I wonder if the Military Industrial Complex will adopt such an idea for all future War Games ... ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by TripGun 5 years ago
I will probably get those free bread sticks they never hand out and with a side order of end of the world magic.
Comment icon #4 Posted by aztek 5 years ago
they already have, drone operators
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
the warriors of the future eh ? ~ ~ [00.02:22]
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Caspian Hare 5 years ago
  Pretty much everyone gets some kind of job in Japan. In a weird way it's like the old communist countries where they created as many make-work jobs as necessary for there to be 100% employment.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
I thought they already had such cafes? I saw one on Youtube the other day where the cafe owner programmed a industrial robot arm to deliver sushi to customers from the kitchen.
Comment icon #8 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
It's a great idea as long as the disabled earn enough to make a living and not just pay them peanuts to make a show out of it.  BTW - Who gets to keep the tips?   The robot or the operator?


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