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Calling table four - your dinner is requesting permission to land

Calling table four - your dinner is requesting permission to land

It seems it’s easier to find a table than a waiter in Singapore. The lack of food service workers has made it the centre of innovation when it comes to the unmanned delivery of food to your restaurant table. Robotic flying trays for example. Taking off and landing full with drinks or food. A kind of culinary air force. Difficult to see it taking off in countries where the art of waiting tables is one of the most popular means of support through part time jobs for students, actors, young people in general, and what will the trade unions make of it?

Like it or not it is likely to show up soon somewhere near you, if only as an attention grabbing addition to some new hip restaurant. At the moment,” where it is employed it has not completely replaced human waiters who still tend tables as the robot trays arrive and place the food and drinks in front of the customers with a piece of good old fashioned banter. One can certainly see the advantages of being able to move a full tray of food or drink across a crowded bar-room on a busy Saturday night. Of course things can go wrong. It’s obviously a sophisticated and smart system, but hey so are human beings and look how often human waiters make mistakes. At least with a human waiter you can explain the problem and have it solved but what happens when you have to call mission control to tell them your steak is too well done. Will there be new employment opportunities available in restaurants for flight controllers who make sure the right tray lands on the right table? Calling table 12, calling table 12, Minestrone soup and Guacamole salad requesting permission to land.