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Saturday, January 11, 2020

A Silicon Valley company that used robots to make its pizzas closed this week, and three coffee shops in downtown San Francisco that used robots as baristas also shuttered.

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So many illegal immigrants in California even robots can't compete.

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-11 12:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

While roots are useful in many situation, people like contact with other people. Social interaction is part of the dining experience.

#2 | Posted by 6thPersona at 2020-01-11 01:01 PM | Reply

#2

Exactly, Some few years ago Times Picayune (New Orleans newspaper) decided to lay off the hired help and go 100% online. In a matter of days, the Advocate (Baton Rouge newspaper) began printing a paper for the Greater NOLA area with great success..

Moral of the story? People wanted a paper and ink newspaper delivered to their driveway to hold in their hands.

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-01-11 04:12 PM | Reply

Social interaction is part of the dining experience.

#2 | POSTED BY 6THPERSONA AT 2020-01-11 01:01 PM | FLAG:

Never considered a pizza parlor a 'dining' experience and as for baristas, again, not a social interaction experience for most. It is okay as 'progress' takes time and the common use of robots will rise eventually.

#4 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-01-11 04:13 PM | Reply

People wanted a paper and ink newspaper delivered to their driveway to hold in their hands.
#3 | POSTED BY LFTHNDTHRDS

Ok Boomer...


Never considered a pizza parlor a 'dining' experience and as for baristas, again, not a social interaction experience for most.
#4 | POSTED BY MSGT

Especially a pizza by the slice operation ... pretty much fast food....

The annoying issue now, is the VISA/DEBIT card readers at the local Pete's ask you if you want to leave a TIP, of course the "barista" is sitting there watching you press "NO", or worse "$0.50" ..... its ridiculous .....

people like contact with other people.

I agree, but it depends upon who and the type of contact.....

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-01-11 04:41 PM | Reply

I agree. I prefer a paper newspaper over digital.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-01-11 04:48 PM | Reply

Intimate Pizza.
Where servos become servers.

#7 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-01-11 04:49 PM | Reply

Ok Boomer...

#5 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS AT 2020-01-11 04:41 PM | FLAG:

Not a boomer. but carry on with your pathetic trolling.

#8 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-01-11 06:07 PM | Reply

Never considered a pizza parlor a 'dining' experience and as for baristas, again, not a social interaction experience for most.
#4 | POSTED BY MSGT

I am usually with other people when I eat out, yes, even at by the slice pizza joints. I don't tend to wolf the food down. Instead I savor the flavor, yes, even with pizza. I enjoy the interactions with the people that make my food. A little BS, a smile and conservation is good for the soul. Can't do that with a robot.

#9 | Posted by 6thPersona at 2020-01-11 08:32 PM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY 6THPERSONA AT 2020-01-11 08:32 PM | FLAG: I doubt that the pizza joints you inhabit are those that would utilize robotics. That being said, chain [pizza] restaurants would do better with robot production as [1] you are not interacting with those who are producing the pizzas, anyways, and [2] consistency of product.

There was a time that I would eat Domino's pizza, until I found that one location made a good pizza and another did not. Now consider that they are sent the same ingredients the problems are in the management and worker side of the equation of the end product. I have not eaten/ordered from any chain restaurant for many years as I just used Dominos as just one example. We either find a good Italian restaurant or make our own if none locally.

Of course, when we do dine out, we do Dine Out, as over the years we have come to appreciate quality over all.

#10 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-01-12 12:30 AM | Reply

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#11 | Posted by berserkone at 2020-01-12 05:04 AM | Reply

robots... the pet rock of the 20's...

much like cb radio... it's time came and went...

#12 | Posted by Pegasus at 2020-01-12 10:04 AM | Reply

"So many illegal immigrants in California even robots can't compete."

#1 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

They're still getting the bugs out on AI and robots. When they get it perfected to "Ex Machina" type sexbots (or pizzabots)no human will do menial type work again. Which begs the question. What are humans going to do? Or even more ominous, What are they going to do with humans?

#13 | Posted by shane at 2020-01-12 01:46 PM | Reply

What are they going to do with humans?

Wrong question, what you should be asking is what will happen when a large amount of society is unemployed and have nothing to do all day... 'cept for sex, drugs and crime... coz there is nothing to watch on tv... all day...

"Robotism" will be declared toxic to society and MUST be regulated by yet another government agency.

In the end, every robot must have an operational license, published operating schedule, safety inspection decal, and federal and state tax stamps. Only certain certified mechanics and programmers can work on them.

Just like some of the heavy duty construction and transportation equipment used today...(like 18 wheelers or sky cranes)...

Eventually a law will come about that will state for every human displaced by a robot, the company MUST provide displaced workers with a replacement jobs.

Because large amount of unemployed people with nothing to do still vote...

and robots do not.... (rimshot)

#14 | Posted by Pegasus at 2020-01-13 08:02 AM | Reply

"Wrong question, what you should be asking is what will happen when a large amount of society is unemployed and have nothing to do all day... "

Especially the pizza restaurants. Who is going to be buying pizza when everyone is unemployed?

#15 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-13 11:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I post this magazine article every couple years here on the DR from a Mother Jones article I read back in 2013. I found it fascinating and at the same time a little disturbing.

"Welcome Robot Overlords. Please don't Fire Us?"

www.motherjones.com

#16 | Posted by shane at 2020-01-13 01:48 PM | Reply

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