THE WORLD THIS WEEK : Robots are your waiters

A restaurant in China is proving a big hit with customers. It’s the way the food is being served that’s filling chairs — robots have replaced waiters. The robot shows customers to their tables, they place their order into his microphone and their food is cooked. The man who invented the Robo Waiter 1 said: “People like high-tech gadgets. Since the launch of the robot, the sales of the restaurant have increased by 20-30 per cent.” The waiter is proving very popular with the younger customers, with one diner saying: “My daughter really likes to come to this restaurant as she finds the robot very interesting.”