Time for a robot of the day. This is Bar Bot (to the right 🙂 of this picture taken by Ewald Elmecker and Flickred by Alexander Barth) at a video shoot:
Bar Bot’s makers explain that this is probably the most humanoid robot ever built, because it is”driven by self interest”. Bar Bot exists to drink beer, and the drinks are on you! Bar Bot interacts with humans, but it’s objective is not to get to know you, rather it just wants your change. As soon as enough money has been collected Bar Bot turns to the bar to order a beer.
Although the makers don’t stress this, I like the fact that when Bar Bot finishes its drink it just drops the empty can on the ground. Another clear reference to human traits there I think!
Bar Bot takes the goal of roboticists – to create the ultimate humanoid robot as a helpful worker or companion – and twists this around to identify a very different and challenging outcome.