Barista-bot Automated Coffee Kiosk

In the University of Texas at Austin, a coffee making machine is going to challenge not only how we get our coffee, but how our society works. Not just coffee service, but many other industries and manufacturing processes are also changing rapidly. Robotics offers a partial solution to the blizzard of business strangling government regulations. (at least the human worker part) Soon, we’ll be replacing major parts of our government with smartphone apps and robots.

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it – []

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.

It doesn’t require health insurance.

Don’t think of it as the enemy of baristas, insists Kevin Nater, CEO of the company that has produced this technological marvel. Think of it as an instrument people can use to create their ideal coffee experience. Think of it as a cure for “out-of-home coffee drinkers”—Nater’s phrase—sick of an “inconsistent experience.”

Think of it as the future. Think of it as empowerment. Your coffee, your way, flawlessly, every time, no judgements. Four pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup in a 16 oz. half-caff soy latte? Here it is, delivered to you precisely when your smartphone app said it would arrive, hot and fresh and indistinguishable from the last one you ordered.

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