It is not new that many machines have gained functions and even the work of human beings. In the case of South Korea, amid new coronavirus pandemic, a bar decided to "hire" a robot to serve customers and, at the same time, maintain social distance.
Located in the city of Daejon, the café started using robotic equipment as a barista, who can prepare drinks and take them to consumers. With that, it only took one employee for the establishment to reopen: the person responsible for refueling the machine.
The creation was made by Vision Semicon. In the company's view, its robot could help the South Korean population to stay away from people, in this period of relaxation from local measures of social isolation.
“Our system does not need information from people from order to delivery, and the tables have been organized to ensure smooth movements for the robot, which fits in with the current distance campaign.”
Research Director at Vision Semicon
Increase in unemployment
Despite being a use of technology with a focus on health, it creates a problem in South Korean society: the increase in unemployment. Since this crisis began as a result of Covid-19, the rate of people without service in the country has reached an unachievable level since 1999.
The fear is that, if the robotic employees are successful, the companies will remain with them and will not hire more people after the end of the pandemic.
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