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Robot vs Bartender

Robot vs Bartender

It's a question that many are asking themselves. With the rise of AI, it seems like there's no place for humans in the hospitality industry. But we're here to tell you that there is still a place for bartenders and that they can't be replaced by robots anytime soon.

Imagine: In a world without bartenders, drinking establishments would likely rely solely on automation and self-service options. There would be an increased focus on convenience and efficiency, but potentially a decrease in the social aspect of going out for a drink. The lack of personal interaction could result in a less unique and less memorable experience for customers. On the other hand, there could be a wider variety of drink options available and a reduced risk of human error in the drink preparation.

Take 'The Bionic Bar on the Quantum of the Seas Cruise Liner' (pictured above) for example. It's hugely popular with tourists for the following reasons:

  1. Convenience: With the ability to order drinks through a tablet, the Bionic Bar offers a fast and efficient experience for guests.

  2. Novelty: The concept of a robot bartender is a unique and entertaining experience for many people, especially those on vacation.

  3. Consistency: The robotic bartenders have precise measurements and can produce consistent drinks every time.

  4. Large drink selection: The Bionic Bar offers a wide range of drink options, appealing to a variety of tastes and preferences.

  5. Aboard a cruise ship: The bar is part of a larger vacation experience, providing guests with a memorable and fun part of their trip.

AI-made cocktails would likely have precise and consistent measurements, unique flavour combinations, and creative presentation. They could potentially incorporate unusual ingredients and explore new flavour profiles. The taste would depend on the programmed taste preferences and the quality of ingredients used.

Us humans know that on the downside, there would be a loss of personal interaction and unique experience that comes with human bartenders. The atmosphere of bars and pubs would also change, feeling more sterile and less personable.

The future of human-made cocktails is strong because of several reasons:

  1. Innovation: With advances in technology, there are new opportunities for unique and creative ingredients, preparation techniques, and presentations like that of the Flavour Blaster. 

  2. Experimentation: People are becoming more adventurous with their drink choices and willing to try new flavours and experiences.

  3. Craftsmanship: The trend towards handcrafted and locally sourced ingredients has led to a resurgence of interest in classic cocktails and a renewed focus on quality.

  4. Personalisation: Consumers are seeking more personalised experiences, and custom cocktails cater to this demand. 

  5. Global influence: The exchange of cultural experiences and flavours has broadened the horizon of what is considered a "cocktail" and has encouraged experimentation and diversity in the field.

It's safe to say that the bartender world can withstand the force of AI, well at least for now. 😉 The novelty would most definitely wear off and the massive need for social interaction would take precedence every time  (and we certainly don't need a computer to tell us this!)


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