Now We Won’t be Even able to Make Each other Coffee! By Brian Simpson
Learn to code goes the saying about those displaced and tossed onto the streets. But, there are billions of coders in India going cheap, and doing a good job for the capitalists, so scratch that one. But, there is always the service industry and making coffee. Wait, that one too is going:
“In the food industry, it seems, the robot revolution is well underway, with machines mastering skilled tasks that have always been performed by people. In Boston, robots have replaced chefs and are creating complex bowls of food for customers. In Prague, machines are displacing bartenders and servers using an app. In Denver, they're taking orders at a fast food drive through. Robots are even making the perfect loaf of bread these days, taking charge of an art that has remained in human hands for thousands of years. Now comes Briggo, a company that has created a fully automated, robotic brewing machine that that can push out 100 cups of coffee in a single hour -- equaling the output of three to four baristas, according to the company.
Using a blend of Latin American beans, the machine -- known as a "coffee haus" -- creates customized cups of gourmet coffee that can be ordered via an app, giving customers control over ingredients, espresso shots, flavorings and temperature without any human interaction. The company says no other business in the world has applied as much technology to "specialty coffee. Removing the human element from ordering a cup of coffee is one of the company's primary selling points. "No more lines, no more counter confusion, no more misspelled names," Briggo's website says, flicking at human failings. Briggo said all eight of its machines are owned by the company, but they've recently begun offering a licensed business model to prospective operators. The company didn't reveal how much that business model costs, but noted that rent and revenue-sharing arrangements are typical when a machine is placed in a public location, such as an airport. Kevin Nater, Briggo's president and chief executive, said the machine would thrive in locations in which convenience is highly valued, like airports and office buildings, where several of the 10-foot by 4-foot machines currently operate.
"Imagine you're coming into the security line at the airport, your flight is coming up, and you know that if you want a coffee you're going to stand in a long line," said Nater. "From the security line, you can simply order your cup of coffee and pick it up at the coffee haus and make it to your flight on time."
I never particularly liked coffee anyway, that drug that gets the early morning office workers going. It gives me insomnia and constipation, big time. Nevertheless, this story shows that no-one’s job is safe. What I really would like to see is the elites at the top of the tree being replaced by thinking AI dictators, who considered them too irrational to rule. Maybe rule by machine dictators would not be as bad as what we suffer from now, since annihilation is our destiny under the present Dark Lords’ program. We could be the pets of our AI overlords, like we have cats now, being allowed to live if we perform tricks, much like now.
Sorry about these speculations, but things have been let go for so long that we are beyond the desperation zone now.