One of my predictions for 2020 is that this will be the year of the robot. I’m not thinking about the takeover of humans, but I don’t think robots will become en vogue as a status symbol and influencer.
As I walked through a crowded mall area of a Vegas casino, I stumbled on a simple bar called the Tipsy Robot. The company describes itself as a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience where guests can enjoy technology of the future. There is no waving down a bartender or wait staff. You order from tablets and watch the show. It was fun, fast and the drinks were good. More importantly, it drew a crowd. Much like the crowd I saw at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting surrounding a robotic camera that followed the action (without a camera person) and did a little robot dance.
The robot at the Tipsy Robot can mimic the movements and actions of a bartender, from shaking a martini to the thin slicing of a lemon garnish. It can even mud a mojito.
The robots are coming, and they have some marketing power humans don’t have.