A chain of Japanese restaurants struggling to find workers has hired a robotic barman.
A Japanese restaurant hires a ROBOTIC bartender who serves draft beer in 40 seconds and cocktails in less than a minute after the chain struggled to find human workers
- The Japanese restaurant chain Yoronotaki has opened a new pub in a train station
- A bartender robot will run the pub and mix drinks according to QR code orders
- It is part of a two month trial program to see how viable the robotic servers are
A Tokyo restaurant chain has opened a small pub in one of the busiest train stations in the city, with a robot waiter serving drinks to travelers returning home from work.
Called Zeroken Robo Tavern, the bar is located in Tokyo's bustling Ikebukuro train station and is owned by Yoronotaki, a company that operates a chain of izakaya-style restaurants across the country.
The Zeroken Robo Tavern in Tokyo's bustling Ikebukuro Station has a bartender robot that can serve draft beer, sake and mixed drinks.
The small space opened on January 23 and will run until March 19, part of a pilot program to see how customers respond to the service of a machine instead of a human.
Customers will first pay for their drinks at an automated payment kiosk.
They will receive a QR code receipt, which they will present to the robot. After the robot scans the QR code, the drink will be prepared.
It takes about 40 seconds to pour a glass of draft beer and a little less than a minute to deliver a cocktail or a mixed drink.
The robot also has a set of cameras built into its screen to monitor the emotional state of customers, tracking if they are happy or impatient.
The robot was designed by QBIT Robotics, which developed a similar robot arm server for a small takout pasta restaurant.
"For robots, pasta, izakaya and coffee are the same," said Hiroya Nakano of QBIT. "You can do several things by changing the kitchen equipment."
The bartender robot was developed by QBIT Robotics, which had previously used a similar machine in a pasta restaurant to take away
With about a third of the country's population over 65, the shortage of workers has become common in Japan.
In the health industry, industry observers expect workers shortages to reach 380,000 by 2025.
Yoronotaki decided to continue the robotic bartender project in part because it could present a solution to the company's recent challenges to maintain a full staff.
"The recent shortage of labor in the food service industry is a very serious problem, and our company is no exception," said Yukio Tsuchiya of Yoronotaki. Japan Top News.
The bartender robot costs about $ 82,000, the equivalent of about three years of salary for an average bartender in Japan.
Customers pay their orders at a kiosk and get a QR code receipt that they present to the robot, who will then start preparing their drink.
The initial response of customers has been generally positive.
"I like it because dealing with people can be a nuisance," said Satoshi Harada Retuters.
‘With this you can come and get drunk. If they could do it a little faster, it would be even better. "
WILL THE ROBOTS TAKE YOUR WORK?
Claims made by an artificial intelligence expert predict that in less than five years, office jobs will disappear completely to the point where machines will replace humans.
The idea that robots will one day be able to do all the low-skilled jobs is not new, but Andrew Anderson of the UK artificial intelligence company, Celaton, said the pace of progress is much faster than previously thought. originally.
AI, for example, can carry out labor-intensive administrative tasks quickly and automatically, while the latest models are also capable of making decisions traditionally made by humans.
"The fact that a machine can not only carry out these tasks, but constantly learn how to do it better and faster, means that office workers are no longer needed in the large quantities they once were," Anderson said.
For example, a machine can recognize duplicate insurance claims by knowing that it has seen a phone number or an address before.