Bartending robots get even smarter

Recently, Japanese brewer Asahi gave away 5,000 bartending
as a promotion, which was pretty cool. This morning, though, we hear
that alcohol-themed robotics has taken a giant leap forward—the University of Saarland has created a barbot that can
understand voice commands
, will tell you ingredient-themed jokes, and will even
tell you the alcohol content of your drink. It’s probably only a few months
before one of these things will be ruling the roost at your local Irish pub,
insulting your girlfriend and eventually kicking you both out. Bill Gates was
all worried about Google’s work on hamburger-flipping robots, but the
beer-pouring variety are clearly more in demand. Link via Engadget

—Posted by Tim Nudd