Goto

Collaborating Authors

Restaurants


A Starbucks barista just proved we trust robots more than people

ZDNet

At a local parking lot, you push a button to get your ticket. The ticket emerges and a voice says: "Take the ticket." It's a female voice, attempting to be as erotically alluring as possible. It's a robot female voice, of course, and it always makes me wonder why this parking lot believes it should offer an erotic experience. Yet robot voices have become part of our lives. Who hasn't thanked Siri at least once when she's answered a question or found the very song we just asked for?


Council Post: As AI Advances, Will Human Workers Disappear?

#artificialintelligence

Charles Simon, BSEE, MSCs, is the founder and CEO of Future AI: Technologies that Think. If you've recently eaten at a fast-food restaurant, driven on a toll road or checked out groceries at the supermarket, you may have noticed one thing they all have in common: Many people who used to help you have been replaced by machines. Most people regard this as simply the price of progress. As new technology is introduced, it displaces an older technology, along with the jobs it created. What is often overlooked is that the new technology, whatever it happens to be, typically brings with it new jobs for those with the smarts and the skills to take advantage of the new opportunities at hand.


La veille de la cybersécurité

#artificialintelligence

Today there are more incredible uses for robots than ever before. Innovators and inventors worldwide are applying countless types of robots to fascinating tasks. You may have heard of mechanized surgeons and AI cars, but have you heard of these six exciting uses? More eateries, especially fast-food businesses, are facing difficulties with staffing today. Developers have devised innovative solutions and unique new types of robotics.


Blending cheese and A.I. to make cheap pizza pie: That's a robot

#artificialintelligence

In an office park in Hawthorne, a robot built by rocket scientists is making pizza. On a conveyor belt, a nozzle spits out sauce, dispensers shake cheese and toppings on top, then a robotic lift carries the raw pie to one of four 900-degree deck ovens. Cameras and sensors track the progress from step to step, making tiny adjustments along the way. In 45 seconds, a finished pizza pops out. It costs just $7 to order (or as much as $10, depending on toppings).


6 of the Most Interesting Uses for Robots You Might Not Know - Innovation & Tech Today

#artificialintelligence

Today there are more incredible uses for robots than ever before. Innovators and inventors worldwide are applying countless types of robots to fascinating tasks. You may have heard of mechanized surgeons and AI cars, but have you heard of these six exciting uses? More eateries, especially fast-food businesses, are facing difficulties with staffing today. Developers have devised innovative solutions and unique new types of robotics.


Restaurant chain Bella Italia trials ROBOT WAITERS to help address the hospitality staff shortage

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A cat-shaped robot server has worked its first shift in a UK restaurant to help address staff shortages. The BellaBot, a delivery robot created by Chinese tech company Pudu, was recruited by the Bella Italia branch at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest in Cumbria. The robot can zip between tables and the kitchen, with human staff or customers only required to load and unload the trays. The trial by Big Table Group, owner of Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Las Iguanas and other UK restaurant chains, marks the first time the BellaBot has been used in a large restaurant setting. The company said it launched the trial in an effort to'boost innovation and elevate the dining experience', and that it was now'the largest restaurant chain in the UK to introduce robot technology'.


Chick-fil-A is quietly making a huge customer service change (cyclists may hate it)

ZDNet

It's always good to have a sense of wonder. I wonder, though, what's really going to happen to Chick-fil-A. Please, I feel sure that this saintly chicken chain will continue to wrap itself around American tongues for many years to come. It's inevitable, though, that it'll embrace steps with which not everyone will find comfort. Recently, I mused at how Chick-fil-A was entering the metaverse and wondered whether this was a sly ploy to finally make money on Sundays.


3 Ways A.I. Is Transforming the Hospitality Industry

#artificialintelligence

One of the reasons restaurants are ripe for A.I. implementation is that a single transaction can produce a significant amount of data, such as how many guests are in a restaurant at any given time, what they're buying, how much they're buying, and how they bought it, according to CrunchTime founder Bill Bellissimo. Traditionally, all of that data would be recorded and analyzed by the general manager to be used in bookkeeping and inventory management operations, a process typically completed by slowly, manually entering the data into a spreadsheet or on paper. With the advent of machine learning, these tasks can be easily streamlined, leaving restaurant owners with more time to focus on what humans excel at: food and experiences.


Not-so dumb waiter: UK restaurant chain Bella Italia trials robot service

The Guardian > Technology

As worker shortages are felt across the hospitality sector, the owners of the Bella Italia chain are turning to robots to provide table service to customers. Big Table Group, which also owns Café Rouge and Las Iguanas, is testing out the robot at its Bella Italia restaurant in Center Parcs Whinfell Forest in Cumbria, in the first such trial by a big restaurant chain. The BellaBot, made by Chinese company Pudu, can carry up to 40kg on four trays and deliver and retrieve plates from tables with help from humans who load and unload its "body". Eric Guo, the chief executive of Spark which distributes Pudu robots in the UK, said there were 60 working across 20 British businesses and he expected more orders in the year ahead. Most are operating in restaurants, but hotels, supermarkets, care homes, snooker clubs and bowling alleys are also experimenting with the technology.


Not-so dumb waiter: UK restaurant chain Bella Italia trials robot service

The Guardian

As worker shortages are felt across the hospitality sector, the owners of the Bella Italia chain are turning to robots to provide table service to customers. Big Table Group, which also owns Café Rouge and Las Iguanas, is testing out the robot at its Bella Italia restaurant in Center Parcs Whinfell Forest in Cumbria, in the first such trial by a big restaurant chain. The BellaBot, made by Chinese company Pudu, can carry up to 40kg on four trays and deliver and retrieve plates from tables with help from humans who load and unload its "body". Eric Guo, the chief executive of Spark which distributes Pudu robots in the UK, said there were 60 working across 20 British businesses and he expected more orders in the year ahead. Most are operating in restaurants, but hotels, supermarkets, care homes, snooker clubs and bowling alleys are also experimenting with the technology.