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Video: Mobile App-Driven Robot Bartender Makes, Shakes Drinks to Order
5/31/2013

Like a real bartender, Makr Shakr -- a robot designed through a collaboration between MIT, Coca-Cola, and Bacardi -- can mix and shake up drinks according to customer preference.   (Source: MakrShakr.com)
Like a real bartender, Makr Shakr -- a robot designed through a collaboration between MIT, Coca-Cola, and Bacardi -- can mix and shake up drinks according to customer preference.
(Source: MakrShakr.com)

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/24/2013 5:14:50 AM
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Thanks, bobjengr. Yes, it seems most (and even I) would tend to agree with you...we'd prefer human bartenders. Though sometimes when it's really busy at a bar I imagine a robot might be more efficient. And even though this robot can tell when a person's had one too many (theoretically), I'm not sure how it could prevent the person from driving home? Unless it grabs them menacingly with its robotic arm and holds them down, which would be a bit scary!

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bobjengr   6/22/2013 8:36:14 PM
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 I agree Nancy.  I had rather have a real person tending bar than a 'bot.  Also, who's going to say "hay buddy--you've had one too many". Give me the keys; I'll call you a cab.  One other thing, how about the various quantities of each component for the drinks?  It seems to me the "formula" would have to be one size fits all. Excellent post though. 

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William K.   6/5/2013 9:33:46 AM
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Elizabeth, if a robot were to be programmed to be that sensitive, it's response would uually be correct but worthless. Witness microsopht help messages as an indication of what I mean.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/5/2013 4:12:23 AM
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Yes, exactly William K. If it isn't broke, don't fix it! Bartenders have been slinging drinks and putting up with customer woes and drunken antics for years. Would a robot be that sensitive?

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Charles Murray   6/4/2013 7:45:50 PM
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Good point about Piano Man, Liz. Nor can I imagine Frank Sinatra singing, "Thanks for the cheer. I hope you didn't mind my bending your...audio sensor."

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William K.   6/4/2013 7:24:02 PM
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That was my point, that sometimes newer is not better, but worse.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/4/2013 10:37:55 AM
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Haha, WilliamK...good one! And after that he may have added, "These are not the droids you're looking for." ;) OK, I think this commentary is an increidble digression. So let's leave it at that! Although it all does prove the point that there are some things for which I think robots will never be adequate replacements for humans.

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William K.   6/4/2013 8:36:48 AM
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Elizabeth, I think that Billy Joel would probably have sung " the Droid at the bar is a friend of mine", taking that term from the Star Wars series. "Droid" just sings better, after all.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/4/2013 4:54:52 AM
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Good idea, William K. There already are robot fry cooks in China, I think, and you're right--robots probably work best in situations that don't call for social interaction but rather repetitive movements that can end up being quite boring for a human.

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Elizabeth M   6/4/2013 4:43:25 AM
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That's funny, Chuck! No, he most certainly would not. And I doubt Billy Joel would have said "The robot at the bar is a friend of mine..." in "Piano Man," either. :)

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