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Postmates made a delivery robot and it’s creepy AF

AI is wild.

words by: Jacob Seferian
Feb 6, 2020

When cavemen sat around the fire, munching on the mammoth they hunted earlier, I wonder if they ever thought, wouldn’t it have been nice if this mammoth were delivered right to the cave. 

The 21st century has brought us many things, and apparently “things” includes a food delivery robot. Powered by digital delivery service Postmates, the Serve robot was spotted in San Francisco a little over a month ago. Rolling around on the sidewalks with its glowing circular eyes, it looks bit like a Minion f**ked a box. According to its creators, the Serve can allegedly carry up to 50 pounds for 25 miles on a single charge.

Honestly, it’s a little creepy.



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Postmates seems to think this is a great idea which will save everyone a whole lot of trouble, their VP of special projects, Ali Kashani told TechCrunch, “Somehow as a society we’re OK with moving a 2-pound burrito with a 2-ton car. All the energy is used to move the car, not the burrito, and there’s all the congestion it introduces.” A weird argument to frame through burrito delivery, but go off I guess.

We’d argue that outsourcing human jobs to AI is never optimal – just because we can make something doesn’t mean we should.