DailyDirt: Robots That Ask, 'Would You Like Fries With That?'

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Robots are poised to take over a LOT of repetitive tasks that people are still doing because it’s been hard to get computer vision and robot arms to replicate some kinds of detailed work. Machines are getting a better quickly, though, and plenty of manual labor jobs could be eliminated in the near future. Automation isn’t quite ready to take over a huge fraction of the labor market just yet, but it might not be too long before no one will be able to joke about young kids looking for an unskilled job and upselling fries with a fast food order.

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AnaNon says:


Dishes? There aren’t any that need cleaning when utensils and containers can be made from inexpensive biodegradable materials. At this point its an engineering puzzle of how many different “meals” can be made with a limited selection of ingredient types. Likely to make the news will be a visible unit that lets you see a sandwich being prepared.

Also expect blatant lies about freshness and improved product quality. It may even deny service if it recognizes you. And if you think the machine won’t spit in your meal, just see if its mechanical lubricant passed medical safety standards or if it’s classified as an industrial product. Like the “food” it makes.

Rekrul says:

As I see it, the technical problem with having a robot cook is that they (currently at least) can’t deal with random situations. Sure it can flip burgers on an assembly line or combine the ingredients for a meal, but what happens if the food isn’t in the location the robot expects, or the burner doesn’t come on when it turns the knob? Can it tell when food is cooked by analyzing the appearance rather than just cooking it for a set time period?

I have been a fan of robots ever since I was little and used to watch reruns of Lost in Space (I’m not quite old enough to have seen it when it first aired). I’ve always wished that I could have a personal robot that would do everyday chores. Scientists have made great strides in improving their range of motion, but artificial intelligence hasn’t kept up with the physical improvements. Sure there have been some improvements; Robots can now avoid bumping into humans and avoid falling off edges, they can use voice recognition to obey some simple orders, but we’re still at least decades off from being able to tell a robot to go into the kitchen and make a snack and have it be able to follow that order.

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