25 Igloo cooler-sized delivery robots made its debut around George Mason’s campus last Friday. It was a success as Blaze Pizza received 50 robots delivery orders on the first day. It can deliver up to 20 pounds within 15 minutes. So, how does this small delivery robot works? Well, it is pretty simple. When the order is ready, a person will need to place the food inside the robot, lock it, and then send it to its ways using a tablet. Once it arrives at the designated location, the person that made the order can unlock it using his/her phone. It is equipped with a camera, GPA, and alarms. There is also a team of “human teleoperators” that monitor the robots and can take over the machine at any moment. This is to ensure safety and prevent theft. It was made by a startup company called Starship Technology. The company claimed that its target consumers are busy people that don’t have enough time to get their food at the restaurant.
While these robots are cool and beneficial for some people, other people are already concerned about the future. As one person has said, “I just hope nobody becomes unemployed because of them.” An associate professor of religious studies said that he is concerned about the impact on human interaction. He went to say that students don’t interact much anymore due to technology. Personally, I am all for new technology and innovation. I think it brings more benefits than consequences. Sure, this robot might displace some jobs but along the way, new jobs will be created. For instance, this robot needs someone to place the food into it and new occupation has already been created which is called “robot runner”. Robots are created by humans and they will always need control because they don’t have creative thinking, problem-solving, leadership, etc. So, what do you think of this semiautonomous robots? Would you like to see these robots on our campus?