Robot Bartenders Invade San Francisco
Anyway, here's the deal: Vienna, Austria plays host to Roboexotica, which showcases cocktail-mixing robots. This year, though, the event is visiting US soil, landing in San Francisco, a city that knows a thing or two about drinks that look like crayon colors.
If any of our San Francisco members are at this event, please send in some footage. I don't think tipping is necessary.
David Calkins, one of the organizers of the San Francisco version of Roboexotica--an event that has been taking place in Vienna, Austria for a decade--had set up his robot, Chapek, and, determining it was ready, instructed me to tell the machine what I wanted to drink.
This was after, of course, Calkins had finished getting Chapek ready to go.
"Let's see if it turns on and explodes," he said, "which it has in the past."
He flicked a switch and Chapek was ready.
"Hey," he said, pleased. "It didn't."
"So, BTB10981, I think I should tell my wife I cheated on her. I mean, it meant nothing, it was a mistake... ya think she'll forgive me?"
"Feeble human. You are mostly composed of water, and will be vaporized when the machines take over. Would you care for another Tom Collins?"
Actually, London has a bar which is tended by an automaton... it's called Cynthia's (but I think it's since changed its name), and it's under London Bridge.
Until recently, no attempts had been made to publically discuss the role of cocktail robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebenswelt, or to document the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication. Roboexotica is an attempt to fill this vacuum. It is the first and, inevitably, the leading festival concerned with cocktail robotics world-wide. A micro mechanical change of paradigm in the age of borderless capital. Alan Turing would doubtless test this out.
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