Dhaka welcomes robot waiters

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Customers watch in awe as a robot waiter serves food at the launch of the Mexwel Robot Restaurant in Dhaka. (AN photo)
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Customers watch in awe as a robot waiter serves food at the launch of the Mexwel Robot Restaurant in Dhaka. (AN photo)
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A robot waitress serves food at the launch of the Mexwel Robot Restaurant in Dhaka. (AN photo)
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Unlike human waiters, robot waiters need the customers to take the food that they serve. (AN photo)
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A robot waiter seems to have fun being included in a selfie shot as she serves food at the launch of the Mexwel Robot Restaurant in Dhaka. (AN photo)
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A robot waiter seems to mind its own business as a man takes a selfie with the robot nearby. (AN photo)
Updated 01 December 2017
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Dhaka welcomes robot waiters

DHAKA: The use of two robots as waiters in a Dhaka restaurant is causing much excitement and amusement among customers and residents.

“I can’t believe my eyes — human-like robots are serving me food!” said Shahrin, 9.

The Mexwel Robot Restaurant, located near the prime minister’s official residence, was opened at a joint ceremony with HZX Electronic Technology Co., the Chinese manufacturer of the robots.

On the opening day, some 300 customers were served. “We’re getting food as well as fun with the robots,” said customer Rehana Begum.

The robots have in their memory a sketch of the restaurant interior, with the tables identified by numbers.

“We have one male and one female robot. We’re yet to name them,” Rahin Raiyan, director of the restaurant, told Arab News. “Each robot cost us around $10,000.”

The restaurant can serve 100 people at a time. “Our main goal is to make this unique initiative sustainable by serving good-quality food,” said Raiyan.

WATCH: Customers revel as robot waiters serve at Dhaka restaurant
 


Alphabet unveils vision for high-tech Toronto waterfront project

The downtown skyline and CN Tower are seen past the eastern waterfront area envisioned by Alphabet Inc's Sidewalk Labs as a new technical hub in the Port Lands district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 3, 2019. (REUTERS)
Updated 25 June 2019
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Alphabet unveils vision for high-tech Toronto waterfront project

  • If the Can$3.9 billion ($2.96 billion) development goes ahead, tens of thousands of people are expected to live and work in the district, where tall buildings would be made out of timber

OTTAWA: Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google parent-company Alphabet Inc., on Monday officially unveiled its plan for a massive technology-driven neighborhood on Toronto’s waterfront that it hopes will become a blueprint for the future, but which has already generated controversy.
The 1,500-page master plan covers a 4.8-hectare (12-acre) parcel on the eastern shore of the city’s harbor. The Lake Ontario site would merge sustainable design with new technologies, such as trash-picking robots, sensors that measure pedestrians’ gait, sidewalks that melt snow and street-side parking that can be pre-booked.
But, in an era of global concern over data protection at tech firms, the proposal has been criticized for concerns over loss of privacy, and the handing over of control of public spaces to a private corporation.
The city, Ontario and federal governments, which have partnered with the New York-based urban planning firm on the project, would have to approve the proposal.
If the Can$3.9 billion ($2.96 billion) development goes ahead, tens of thousands of people are expected to live and work in the district, where tall buildings would be made out of timber.
Sidewalk Labs said it could be expanded to cover more than 77 hectares.
The aim, Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff told reporters, is to “create the neighborhood of the future... with people at its center, and with cutting-edge technology and forward-thinking urban design combining to achieve ambitious improvements in the urban environment and in the way we all live.”
Public consultations will be held over the coming months.