Just in time for the global enforcement of so-called “social distancing,” engineering and robotics firm Boston Dynamics has unveiled a new robot “dog” that it says can herd sheep without the need for an actual human shepherd.
Known as “Spot,” the yellow and black tech marvel can traverse pastures and herd sheep remotely with ease, eliminating the need for human supervision. And the only fuel it requires is electricity, with no need for a paycheck.
In a video shared by robotics software company Rocos, Spot is seen marching through a pasture in New Zealand showing off its programmed “skills.”
Not only can Spot herd sheep, it can also help with honing what is known as precision agriculture. The robot mechanism can scan orchards, as one example, to determine which fruit is ripe as well as how much of it there is going to be.
“Robots, like Spot from Boston Dynamics, increase accuracy in yield estimates, relieve the strain of worker shortages, and create precision in farming,” reads a YouTube description of the robot’s abilities.
Equipped with real-time mapping technologies, infrared cameras, and various other advanced sensory equipment, Spot has the potential to revolutionize the future of agriculture. It also, conveniently enough, makes a great spying and surveillance tool in the age of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
Already, the Spot robot has been used to “assess” patients as well as remind people in public parks to stay at least six feet apart from one another. When actual humans are not present to keep the human “herd” obedient to the government’s decrees, in other words, Spot can help fill that gap.
Another use for these types of robots is to replace actual human workers at food establishments such as coffee shops. This is reportedly taking place in South Korea, where robot baristas are now making and serving people coffee.
With the ability to make upwards of 60 different types of coffee drinks, South Korean barista robots have all but completely replaced the human staff at one café which now requires only one human employee to be present inside the store.
“Here is your Rooibos almond tea latte – please enjoy,” the robot reportedly said to one customer while serving her what she ordered on a computer-programmed tray. “It’s even better if you stir it.”
Perhaps this was the plan associated with this plandemic all along: to permanently remove even more human workers from the workforce and replace them all with soulless robots, none of which require breaks, benefits, or pay.
“Our system needs no input from people from order to delivery, and tables were sparsely arranged to ensure smooth movements of the robots, which fits well with the current ‘untact’ and distancing campaign,” says Lee Dong-bae, director of research at Vision Semicon, a “smart” factory solution provider that helped develop the barista robot.
By the end of 2020, Vision Semicon hopes to supply another 30 cafes with these types of robots, which means more South Koreans will be out of work. Perhaps they can learn how to keep the robots properly maintained to ensure that they do not harm customers as they wheel themselves around their assigned establishments.
“Robots are fun and it was easy because you don’t have to pick up your order,” a 23-year-old student from South Korea told Business Insider. “But I’m also a bit of worried about the job market as many of my friends are doing part-time jobs at cafes and these robots would replace humans.”
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