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Do You Prefer Impersonal or Personal Coffee

Touch the Soil News #652 (Feature Photo, courtesy of Café X) While it may seem not such a big deal, robotics are leading the charge of “impersonal” in the food chain. Café X, an evolving approach to robotic baristas, now has a fully functioning coffee bar in San Francisco. No personal service however. Orders are taken via an app and a large automated barista with the help of a robotic arm serve the coffee. Henry Hu, Founder and CEO of Café X is heading rapidly down the robotic path to commerce. Claims are that you can get coffee in 10 seconds rather than 10 minutes. At the heart of the…

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Robotics Entering the Food Chain

Touch the Soil News #480 (feature photo Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias GNU Free License) The food chain is one of the backbones of the America economy, representing 20 million workers (almost 12 percent of the American workforce). The entrance of robotics in the food chain is as much driven by financial reasons as it is technology reasons. Why would the nation’s food chain employ you or your neighbor, if the corporations that dominate the food chain can lower labor costs through robotic deployment? The critical question here is economics and not technology. For example, if robotics can cut out 10 percent of the nation’s labor costs, the overall economy…

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