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Robots Replace Waiters at Chinese Restaurant Chain

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First they came for the wait staff, and I did not speak out—because I was not a waiter.

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened a chain of restaurants where human servers are replaced by roving robots.

As reported by the Agence France-Presse, this futuristic concept aims to raise efficiency and lower labor expenses.

“In Shanghai, a waiter costs up to 10,000 yuan ($1,460) per month. That’s hundreds of thousands in cost every year,” Cao Haitao, an Alibaba product manager who developed the Robot.He diner scheme, told AFP. “And two shifts of people are needed.”

Robots, however, can work all day every day without complaint; just plug them in each night. You don’t even need to tip them.

This futuristic diner is Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s latest push into robotics (via AFP)

The Robot.He eateries are linked to Alibaba’s Hema semi-automated supermarkets, where shoppers fill digital carts and watch as products are transported to the checkout via a conveyor belt on the ceiling. Customers can also opt for home delivery (a convenience already available across the US and Europe).

Alibaba boasts 57 Hema markets—all of which will eventually feature Robot.He restaurants—in 13 Chinese cities, according to AFP.

The novelty of mechanical meals is still strong, drawing queues of people eager to book tables and order food on their smartphone (no different from apps like OpenTable or Seamless).

“The idea of a robot delivery food to our table is very innovative so we wanted to see it ourselves,” Ma Yiwen, who brought nearly a dozen colleagues to a Robot.He location near her office, said, speaking to the AFP.

Cyborg employees—who never ask for a raise or workers comp—help keep expenditures to a minimum. Which, in turn, lowers menu prices.

“Normally for two to three people, a meal costs about 300-400 yuan ($44-$58), but here, all this table of food is just over 100 yuan ($15),” regular patron Ma Shenpeng told AFP.

Alibaba rival JD.com, meanwhile, hopes to entice even the most die-hard Robot.He fans, like Shenpeng, who visits once a week, with plans to open 1,000 robot-run bistros in the country by 2020.

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Watch: Passengers Freak Out Over New Tesla Roadster’s Record-Setting Acceleration

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When Tesla announced its new version of the Roadster, which can accelerate in zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, a lot of people were doubtful.

But a new video of the first test rides in the new Roadster, unveiled by Tesla on YouTube on Friday, shows that the “quickest car in the world” could actually be close to becoming a reality.

The video shows passengers’ hilarious reactions as the Roadster demonstrates its record-setting acceleration.

Reactions included a lot of “Holy S%!#” and “Oh My God” and “Holy F%!#”

According to Tesla, the all-new Roadster can travel 620 miles on a single charge – a new record for an all-electric vehicle.

“[It’s] the fastest production car ever made, period,” said Tesla founder Elon Musk. (Photo Credit: Tesla, Inc.)

The four-seater supercar can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds and from zero to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, and it boasts a top speed of 250 mph.

The all-new Roadster will cost $200,000 at launch (the first 1,000 are available for a ‘Founders Series Price’ of $250,000), and will be available in 2020.

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Cuba Rolls Out Mobile Internet Service to Citizens for the First Time

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Cubans will now be able to access the internet on their mobile phones, according to state-run telecom agency ETECSA.

The announcement is a milestone for the Communist-run country, which has long been considered one of the least connected countries in the world, and one of the last without mobile internet.

Starting Thursday, December 6, citizens would be able able to start subscribing to internet access via a 3G mobile network.

In a news show broadcast on Tuesday, ETECSA executives announced a range of packages valid for 30 days from 600 MB for the equivalent of $7 dollars to 4 GB for $30. Without a package, 100 MB will cost users $10, Reuters reported.

With average state wages at around $30, the cost for mobile internet will likely be out of reach for most Cubans, even though users get a bonus 300MB use of local .cu domain websites.

The list of packages for the connection to mobile internet from mobile phones is displayed on a woman’s phone screen in Havana, Cuba on December 6, 2018. (Photo Credit: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Until today, citizens have mostly relied on Wi-Fi hotspots and internet cafes for mobile internet access, and the 3G service has been restricted to state-employed journalists and foreign businesses among others, according to BBC News.

“It was about time this became a possibility for Cubans too,” Havana resident Joaquin Montiel, 58, told Reuters. “But for some, like me, it’s still a remote one.” Montiel said he would not be able to afford a cellphone with 3G technology on his salary of less than $20 per month as a salesman in a state company.

Still, the launch is seen by many as a sign that the country is further softening its tough stance on individual freedoms. Internet was only largely available to tourist hotels and state-run clubs until 2013, when the island country began opening internet cafes.

It wasn’t until 2015 when the first Wi-Fi hotspot opened at a cultural centre, and other public spaces followed, the BBC reported. But many Cubans have complained about having to brave the elements just to use the Wi-Fi at the hotspots, which also lack of privacy. In 2017, ETECSA offered a limited number of home connections.

To reduce the risk of being overwhelmed with demand, ETECSA is rolling out the new 3G service will be rolled out over a three-day period.

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Robot Vacuum Showdown: Neato Versus Roomba

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Cleaning can be a pain sometimes, especially if you have to use a clunky vacuum to suck up nasty debris. Thankfully though, technology has gifted us with handy smart home devices, including Neato […]

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