Robot nightlife: Nightclubs and bars are trying to cash in on the robot craze. Last week, Jengo the robot bartender started his first shift at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. In December, a nightclub in Prague installed a robot DJ.
Overkill: These robots can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and are pure publicity stunts—as opposed to job-killers. Jengo requires eight humans to work with it to keep the orders flowing.
But in many places there is no gimmick but lots of innovative application. In industrial automation, there are areas of vast creative innovation and some very practical that will be rapidly adopted on a more widespread basis because of their direct logic and efficiency.