A London woman just became the first person in the world to receive her food delivery by a robot. As she answered the door, she was struck by the fact that a droid was carrying her kebab ordered from a local Turkish kebab shop. The woman’s name is Simone and she lives in Greenwich, London. The food was ordered via a smartphone application, namely Just Eat and the droid delivering the food is an actual robot built by Starship Technologies. Simone uses the Just Eat application on a regular basis and after she received her takeaway food today, she was quoted to say:
“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the door to find a robot waiting to greet me – it was like something out of a movie.
“It is really incredible to think that this kind of technology and service is now available. It was very efficient and actually texted me when it pulled up. The only thing I wasn’t sure of is whether or not to tip!”
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the future doesn’t need as anymore, or at least when it comes to basic jobs like driving trucks, cars or delivering food and things of that nature. These types of delivery droids will soon become the norm across Britain. We can safely assume that as Pandora’s box was opened today with world’s first food delivery via robot, what started in Britain will expand to the rest of the Western world inexorably.
The next question is: do you tip the robot or not? And, how did the robot crossed the road? Well, we just don’t know yet, but it definitely looks like it made it with flying colors. Greenwich residents are the first in the world to receive the shock of the future sort to speak, as this area will see an increase in services offered by high tech droids instead of humans in the months to come. Truth be told, I would have expected this kind of news to arrive from Japan, but it looks like the future ain’t what it used to be…
Taksim Meze is the Turkish kebab shop who made history today as the first restaurant in the world to make a food delivery using technology from the future and the manager of the takeaway department, Ana Maria Stingaciu was quoted saying:
“Providing first–rate customer service is our top priority and with this added set of hands, or wheels I should say, we can focus our manpower in the kitchen.
“I am looking forward to utilizing the technology during the busy festive season to help keep up with demand.”
Just Eat’s Managing Director in the UK, Graham Corfield added:
“We are delighted to add robot home delivery to the Just Eat service.
“Now that we are live in Greenwich, we’re working towards a larger roll-out of the pilot program across London in the New Year.”
As great as today’s piece of news sounds, the next question is: what are blue-collar people going to do in the near future, with the technology advancing at an incredible pace and the regular jobs being taken by smart robots? Obviously, not everybody is happy over the idea of machines taking over takeaway deliveries in Greenwich.
For example, let’s take AA’s president Edmund King, a guy who fears that delivery droids may end up running over humans pecking at their smartphones:
“Smartphone zombies is a word used to describe the menace of people walking down the pavement, bashing into everyone and anything.
“There’s already a debate about driverless cars, so this adds an extra dimension we don’t need right now.
It’s too early to be introducing robots to the pavements of the UK.”
That quote is from Edmund King’s interview in the Sun Online. And yes indeed, he makes a valid point if you think about Tesla and Google Cars hitting people or other vehicles. Some may call this guy a neo-Luddite, but after all, he may have a point but not necessarily when it comes to people hurt accidentally by robots, and I am including driverless cars here. The real problem is with the jobs, as there are many folks out there who make an honest living delivering pizza, packages and the whole nine yards.
What are they going to do? Western economies are built heavily on services, i.e. simple and repetitive jobs upon which millions of people rely for their daily lives. What will happen when they’ll be replaced by robots? Let us know in the comments section below.
Source: Sun Online.