Robots Serve Your Coffee at the Fully Automated Café X

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Café X in San Francisco is staffed by a robotic arm that can take your order and make customized coffee drinks

Will our servers, bartenders, and baristas all be replaced soon?

Will your favorite barista soon be replaced by a cold metal arm? Cafe X in San Francisco is a revolutionary coffeehouse “staffed” entirely by robots and AI.

Inside the coffee shop at San Francisco’s Metreon Shopping Center, you order your drink at an iPad kiosk, and a robotic arm — that can make up to four drinks a minute — will handcraft your personalized drink. Once it’s ready, you get a text with a four-digit code, ensuring that your order won’t be mixed up with someone else’s. At the end of the experience, you get your morning coffee, all without encountering another soul.

"In today's world, you have two options for getting a cup of coffee,” Cafe X CEO Henry Hu told CIO. “You're either in and out with something subpar, or you're waiting in a 15-minute line for a great cappuccino. I started Cafe X to eliminate that inherent compromise and give people access to a tasty cup of coffee consistently and conveniently."

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Of course, this isn’t the first fully automated eatery: Eatsa is a luncheonette in California where you can download a healthy lunch with zero human interaction.