For as long as the idea of robots has existed, sci-fi has promised us a time when machines would advance enough to do our bidding while staying obedient enough not to flay human skin into tasteful tapestries for their robot sitting rooms. And although our mechanical-butler future isn't here yet, five recent inventions are showing promise, so long as you don't mind robots breaking all your shit.
5A Bartender That Spills Everything and Takes Forever
Nothing can ruin your night more than a shitty bartender, or even worse, an attractive one. The promise of an iRobot-style booze jockey would potentially solve all of that -- and the folks over at MIT know this.
It's less fun to hit on than a regular bartender, but way better in the sack.
It's called the Makr Shakr, and yes, it's a bartending robot. The process is simple -- all you have to do is use the robot's smartphone app to order from a series of drink templates or create your own from scratch. Don't have a smartphone? Well, they have a solution for that too, called "not being able to get a drink."
After you've placed your order, the robot will -- as the demo video illustrates -- very sloppily mix up a cocktail for you with its monster industrial tentacles before placing it on a conveyor belt going roughly the same speed as a burning bus.
We've always felt that velocity is critical in a mixed drink.