UPS has also been testing drones for delivery, like this one on Children's Island in Marblehead, Mass. Tuesday, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt made its first frozen yogurt delivery to Hope College in Michigan, possibly the first drone delivery of frozen yogurt in the world. Taking froyo to new heights today... Stay tuned! The drone, which can reach speeds up to 30 miles-per-hour and carry up to 30 pounds, took 15 minutes to travel nearly a mile to the campus, WOOD TV8 reports. There, the company threw a party to celebrate the delivery.
When this all goes awry and our few surviving ancestors trace back the origins of the robot revolution, they'll find this moment as a major milestone of The Before Time: robots delivering pizza. Domino's Pizza is teaming up with Starship Technologies for a pilot program that will roll out pizza delivery in Europe courtesy of a cute little robot that looks like something that would be friends with R2-D2. SEE ALSO: Leaked video shows'nightmare inducing' robot from Boston Dynamics According to a Starship, the little robot – let's call him Buddy because terrifying futures always start with innocuous cuteness – will deliver Domino's pizzas to locations within a mile of select stores in a handful of Dutch and German cities. Ahti Heinla, CEO of Starship Technologies made a pun-laden statement about the partnership: "Not only is Domino's pizza delicious, but the perfect topping is giving back the luxury of time and control to the customer, and our robots are best placed to offer this." Buddy (again, not the robot's real name but work with me) weighs around 40 pounds and zip around at about four miles per hour which is within the normal walking speed of your average, every day, unsuspecting human.
Amazon Prime Now is the souped-up version of the regular online delivery service with its promise to get certain items in select locations to your door within two hours. Now it's hoping to deliver the news -- and pronto. Publishers in major Spanish cities, like Madrid and Barcelona, have teamed up with Amazon so that a physical newspaper can be ordered through the expedited delivery service. El Pais, Spain's major newspaper with bureaus also in Latin America, will be brought to your door within the two-hour delivery window. Or you can pay more to get it within an hour.
Starship Technologies, a delivery robot startup founded in 2015 by two Skype co-founders, is launching its autonomous delivery service at corporate and academic campuses in Europe and the US. For the last three months, Starship's six-wheeled robots have been delivering food and office supplies around software company Intuit's 4.3-acre campus in Mountain View, California. Ahti Heinla, Starship CEO, CTO and co-founder, tells The Robot Report that Starship expects to scale this service to "hundreds of campuses" and about 1,000 robots by the end of 2018. There are 10 delivery robots that Compass pays for by the month. Heinla said Intuit's employees don't pay extra when they order food or supplies via the Starship app.
From humanoid robots being launched into space to medical mechanisms with "dexterous 3D-printed fingers", the world of robotics is ripe with opportunity. It's a prosperous technology, with insight from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) revealing that "More than 3 million industrial robots will be in use in factories around the world by 2020." Examining the results of its global survey of 7,000 employees in seven countries, IFR also adds that "Nearly 70 per cent of employees believe that robotics and automation offer the opportunity to qualify for higher-skilled work." Without a doubt, the progress of robotics vs the progress of graduates is questionable. While futurists and philosophers believe robots are coming for people's jobs, some believe that they will harmoniously live alongside workers in peace, enhancing roles rather than ruining them.