Tuesday, January 19, 2010
WALL-E, Make Me a Sazerac
Sarah Schmeler's blog, which usually tackles art and art-related stuff, has republished an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal a while back about a new tech phenom called "hackerspaces." These caves of creativity are hotbeds of tinkering, where nerds gather to put together cool stuff, including some things which are absolutely Jetsons-crazy and useless—such as a robot that can make a Sazerac.
This dandy gadget was created by one Raphael Abrams, who must be either a bartender or barfly on the side. He calls his robot—ha, ha—Barbot. Can a machine make a Sazerac? Hell, I can't even make one if I'm not paying strict attention. And I'll bet the robot's a lot slower than the average barkeep, and won't pay any attention when I specify which rye I want.
Why not start the poor bucket of bolts on something easier, like a Vodka and Tonic. The people who drink those are robots themselves, anyway.