Just add robots: MIT and Coke show off a smartphone-controlled bartender

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We could be saving the world, y’all. But instead researchers at MIT’s Senseable City Lab in Cambridge have worked with the The Coca-Cola Co. and Bacardi companies to deliver a smartphone-controlled mixologist that can make an infinite number of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) with the touch of a few buttons. Which admittedly, is cool.

A device like this is both a mechanical poster-child showing what’s possible for the future of automation as well as an attempt to work out kinks on our way to personal robots that will help reduce drudgery and improve our lives. And yet, despite my love of cocktails and robots, this particular partnership rubs me the wrong way.

It’s called the Makr Shakr and the robot and smartphone app will be unveiled Wednesday at Google’s(s goog) I/O conference. The apparatus has three robot arms, whose movements were modeled after those of an Italian ballet dancer

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