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Scotlands First Robotic Employee Fired

Discussion in 'Robotics and Artificial Intelligence' started by classic33, 11 Feb 2018.

  1. classic33

    classic33 Veteran Geek

    A robot working in a local supermarket lasted only a week before it was fired for making the customers uneasy.

    Nicknamed "Fabio", the robot's employment was part of an experiment run for a BBC programme to see if it could integrate with human shoppers.

    While Fabio initially started out strongly, it soon became clear that the cyborg wasn't going to be replacing a human worker any time soon.

    Shoppers began to get frustrated when it couldn't answer their questions. When asked where the beer was, the robot replied "It's in the alcohol section".


    Does "Fabio" now head for the nearest job centre, or return to the factory where "he" was made?
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  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Obviously back to the factory. This was most likely trying something too soon and it's not good enough. It certainly don't mean that this will not come to be the norm once they get them working better. There are a lot of robots in development that are not quite as good as humans, though in this case I've meet staff in supermarkets are are just as unhelpful.

    The rate of change in the robotics industry is ramping up at an incredible speed and what will seem like a joke today will be much better in 5-10 years time. There is not much robots can't do, it's just that they don't do some things that well at the moment but they are getting better by the day. The robots are coming but not quite ready for everything yet.
  3. classic33

    classic33 Veteran Geek

    Humans performing the same task managed to get 12 customers to eat sample sausages every 15 minutes. Fabio only managed an average of two.

    “Unfortunately, Fabio didn’t perform as well as we had hoped,” Margiotta said. “People seemed to be actually avoiding him."

    Apparently, people are quite suspicious of robots offering sausages, and he scared them away.

    Faulty programming then?
  4. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Pepper the robot seems to be going down well in most places it's put. Driving up customers and sales. So it's just that Fabio is not a very good version. You have to program the robots right. Fabio could have been better if he was aware of its location and the location of all the items in the store. Then if someone asked where is the beer, it could have answered "Go to the bottom of this isle and turn left, then it's two rows down on your right". That's what would be needed for that kind of shop. So the programming was basically crap.
  5. classic33

    classic33 Veteran Geek

    Fabio took refuge in a monastery