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WWhile on first glance the five new robots at “Taste and Aroma” seem super-futuristic, it turns out they can only move along fixed paths and are unable to respond to requests from customers.  Frankly, we expect more from our interns — who on their first day in the office can be programmed to fetch tea and coffee faster and cheaper than the $6,500 (each) Chinese kitchen bots.

Source: CNN Tech

Date: April 28th, 2016

Link to video: http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/19/travel/china-robot-waiters/index.html

Discussion

1) Why are these robot waiters more useful than just a gimmick to attract customers?

2) Clayton Christensen talks about disruptive innovations and how they at first cannot meet the needs of the mainstream market, but they quickly become better and then do meet the needs of the mainstream?  Is this the case here?

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