Startup Cafe X opens its first machine-operated cafe in San Francisco. Human baristas may shudder, but tech has been replacing humans for decades.
A squat white robot arm, nicknamed Gordon after a company engineer, operates a pair of standard professional coffee machines to serve you premium-grade $2.25 espressos and $2.95 caffe lattes.
The chief benefit of Cafe X’s approach? The robot and its accompanying ordering and scheduling software deliver customers a faster caffeine fix, said Chief Executive Henry Hu. “I’m a coffee drinker. I’ve spent a lot of time waiting in line at cafes,” he said.
Gordon the robot barista is a novelty today, but smart machinery just like it will become downright ordinary as robots and artificial intelligence elbow in on human jobs. And it’ll be white-collar work, too, not just your cousin’s summer job grinding beans, foaming milk and misspelling names on paper cups.
source: cafexapp / cnet