According to MarketWatch, Pizza Hut has begun testing humanoid robots that allow customers to place their orders and pay without having to interact with another human. While the robot can't prepare the food or bring it to the table a human is still required at this point demands in wage increase may eventually mean that automation will entirely replace workers in the food service industry.
SoftBank’s robot is named Pepper. It has a face and can even respond to human customers with some emotional intelligence, said John Sheldon, the senior vice president of innovation management at MasterCard Labs. For example, if a customer seems more tentative to interact with a robot, Pepper will be more reserved, whereas if a customer is more energetic, Pepper will be, too, Sheldon said. It looks like an alien, with eyes and a touchscreen on its chest, and it’s the size of a small child.
|Where Cows Milk Themselves|
|"The [robot] could keep children [...] occupied for 'a couple of hours' without adult supervision."|
|Robotic Hands that Can Grab Anything|
|"Frozen brains could be thawed and inserted into a donor body."|
|"It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies."|
|"Have you ever pondered why we itch in the first place?"|
|"Academics who study basic income said the pilot gives a chance to see how the idea plays in a changed economy."|
|Google's Self-Driving Cars Giving Rides to the Public|
|Head Transplant Hailed a Success|
|"You look in the mirror and see your body and your face and you think that’s you—but that’s really just the machine you’re riding in."|
|"This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst."|
|Religious Loophole to Turn Lights On and Off During Shabbat|
|Where AI is Currently At|
|Boston Dynamics' Fast Running Wildcat Robot|