Bender wasn’t the first robot to struggle with boredom and depression – that honour goes to the ship’s robot from Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.“I didn’t ask to be made,” said Marvin, morosely. “No one consulted me or considered my feelings in the matter.

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“Among hospitality-focused tech companies there is much excitement (pdf) about such DIY “solutions”. A future where you are issued with an iPad on arrival, or are asked to use your phone or a kiosk to order and pay is not far away; the waiters will simply deliver the food to your table. The software is here already. For instance, Wagamama’s mobile app enables you to order and pay for takeaway food for collection later. Such self-ordering and self-payment technology can easily be tweaked to work in a restaurant context.”