Pub hires two robot waiters as revellers describe new additions as ‘brilliant idea’

The robots called Bella and Bertie have proved to be immensely popular since joining the staff at Nevin’s Newfield Inn in County Mayo, Ireland, as the pub dipped into the world of Artificial Intelligence

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Ireland: Robots serve at a pub in Galway

A popular pub’s newest members of staff, two robots, have become the talk of the town with locals describing the additions as a “brilliant idea”.

In a “first” for the area, Nevin’s Newfield Inn in County Mayo, Ireland, has dipped into the world of Artificial Intelligence and has gone extremely viral for hiring two robot waiters.

As reported by Galway Beo, the Newport pub trialled out just one of the robots Bella.

Once the trial proved a success with customers and service, they went out and got Bella a friend called Bertie.

Staff at the pub said: “Introducing Bella and Bertie who have become a permanent resident here with us.

“They are here to assist our wonderful staff delivering food to our tables. Make sure to say hello to both when you are here next.”







Nevin’s isn’t the first place to try out the technology
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The impact of the coronavirus pandemic prompted Irish pub Nevin’s to find alternative methods for getting a shift filled.

The pub certainly isn’t the first to try out the technology.

Across the world, many are using AI robots to carry out tasks usually fulfilled by humans in pubs, restaurants and cafes.

In January, the World Economic Forum estimated that 7.1 million jobs could be lost in the future thanks to redundancy from technology.

They did say that would be offset by 2.1 million jobs created in specialised areas such as maths, computing and engineering.

But even lofty white-collar jobs might be under threat – not from robots but from artificial intelligence (AI).

Mr Skilton, who spent 30 years as an IT strategy consultant, said: “[AI] could potentially see complex jobs that were once thought untouchable taken over by computers thanks to emerging creative mathematical research and advanced massive scale supercomputing to model human brain function.”

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