Japanese ice-cream robot is a marvel of overengineered whimsy


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/09/08/plussed-up.html


#2

“… represents a triumph of art over commerce and joy over greed.”

I don’t know. Use of the robot over the long-term eliminates the additional costs inherent in having a person handle the ice cream. And the sight of an ice cream vending robot is perhaps more likely to entice someone to purchase its ice cream.


#3

Reminds me of one of my final projects for my last Japanese course in college.

We were tasked with translating a couple of short stories to English. One of the stories was about a beautiful female robot bartender, who was built by the owner as a sneaky way of making some extra money.

The drinks people bought for the beautiful robot were stored in the legs, and then re-served to the patrons later so the owner could basically sell the drinks twice. Eventually, a very amorous man came and bought the robot many drinks, but got angry at the empty, mechanical platitudes the robot woman offered. He left and returned with a poison, which he served to the robot, who happily drank it.

Later that night a silence descended on the bar, as one by one every patron fell unconscious and died.


#4

“Eat the ice cream… Eat the ice cream.”


#5

Right, it’s more like art and joy feeding into commerce.


#6

eat the ice cream.


#7

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#8

Did that robot do the Shaq Wiggle?


#9

Nothing is “overengineered” so long as it performs better than expected.

One could even say that “overengineering” synonymizes with “progress”.


#10

Just wondering how people described the soft serve ice cream swirl before poop-emoji came along.
[performs research]
Ah, here it is. “Forming a swirl that cries out for an evocative description…”


#11

If only they could make a robot unicorn…


#12

Boy, the robot murder rate over there must be huge for them to put a convenience store window.


#13

A popular one around here was “dog shit on a cone”. Although I would be worried for the dog if it shit like that.


#14

I don’t think that i could do that jerb all day and still be smiling like that.


#15

It’s fun to watch. A form of Robotainment.

Heck I’d love to see the robot bartenders they have on cruise ships now in dry land bars.


#16

It is like a triumph of art and engineering and dissing interns over commerce.


#17

Is the story itself available? In English I mean.


#18

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