You can thank your lucky tipsy stars; we are now in the glorious age of ADI: artificial drunken intelligence. South Korean inventor Eunchan Park has created a robot that’s capable of pounding back shots. Robot Drinky won’t actually become inebriated (the alcohol he “consumes” is disposed of in an attached mason jar), but his cheeks do glow red and he gives a thumbs-up after taking a shot.
Park invented the black and white android on Christmas three years ago when he found himself single, lonely, and in need of a drinking partner.
“Drinking alone was definitely terrible! So I couldn't drink anymore,” he told CNET. He then mimed toasting an invisible partner with a glass of Soju. "Surprisingly, after that, the taste became totally to be changed! I could finally find the secret of taste of alcohol totally depends on existence of [a] partner.”
As of right now Robot Drinky functions more as a museum piece in collaboration with Art Center Nabi, an art museum in Seoul that provided funding for the young inventor in need of an inebriation partner. There is no word yet on whether the charming bit of artificial intelligence will be available for sale yet, but we don’t doubt that it would be popular.