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Chinese restaurant chain is forced to use ROBOT waiters during the Covid pandemic

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A Chinese restaurant chain in the north west of England has been forced to make use of robotic waiters, after struggling for staff during the Covid pandemic. Directors at The Chinese Buffet unleashed one BellaBot in each of four restaurants in Liverpool, St Helens, Bolton and Wigan, to serve food to diners. When the buffet re-opened after the last lockdown, its owners decided to serve food to people at the table, ordered via an app, rather than allow them to serve themselves. This added an extra strain on the already short waiting staff, according to owners Paolo Hu and Peter Wu, who said the BellaBots had already proved popular with diners. The guide price for the friendly-faced robots is $20,000 (£14,500), which is less than the cost of employing a waiter at minimum wage for 40 hours per week. Quirky footage shows Bella, who features a wide-eyed feline face, sweeping across the restaurant floor dishing out delicacies to delighted customers.

12 Tips: From Data Analyst to Startup Co-Founder - KDnuggets


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Digital Transformation for Efficient Supply Chain and Logistics


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India Looks To Broad-base AI Workforce To Meet Growing Demand


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Resisting Extinction: 2021 Edition


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Harnessing the power of AI to elucidate mobile traffic consumption at city scale


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Top 12 AI and machine learning announcements at AWS re:Invent 2021


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Artificial Intelligence: Growth Boosting Factor in the New Normal


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Analyzing COVID Medical Papers with Azure Machine Learning and Text Analytics for Health


Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, there have been more than 700000 scientific papers published on the subject. A human researcher cannot possibly get acquainted with such a huge text corpus — and therefore some help from AI is highly needed. In this post, we will show how we...