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Robot employees outnumber human employees in this Harbin, China restaurant. In all, the restaurant has eighteen robots, which do everything from cook food, welcome customers and serve food at tables.
The owner says the robots, which cost between 200,000~300,000 yuan ($32,000~$48,000 USD), can display 10 different emotions and speak simple phrases.
The robot stops automatically if a customer gets in its way thanks to ultrasonic range sensors, and will sound an alarm if it needs to be repaired.
Each robot also knows how to return to an appropriate power source when feeling run-down, which happens about every five hours.
This restaurant was named "sea robot ho" is located in the city of Chung-Ang University.
The first robot restaurant in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, will open in May. This is the fourth robot restaurant to be set up in China.
The restaurant's 18 robot waiters have been designed and made by Haohai Robot Company Co., Ltd in Harbin. Each one costs around 200,000 yuan (about 32,000 US dollars) and their robotic serving powers are usually limited to one task. They can work for five hours continuously on a two-hour battery charge.
"It is known to all, offering trays of food and drinks to customers is the most laborious work and now these robot waiters will do it instead," said Liu Hasheng, chief engineer of Haohai Robot Restaurant.
Liu also added that the price of food here is reasonable. "Each customer will spend 40 or 50 yuan (about 6.30 to 7.90 US dollars) on average like any common restaurant."
Originally posted by neoholographic
reply to post by PurpleChiten
That's what will happen. We will program robots to do more and more things for us and if AI ever occurs they will be in a position to control everything.