Of the humankind.
So Japan is in the news again with another of its technological feats. Matsushita Electric Company has just announced that its research scientists have successfully developed and commissioned a state-ofthe-art robot, affectionately called “Sabotachi” that can brew and serve fresh coffee instantly at the mere press of a button.
Sorry, but I refuse to be impressed and take in my breath in awe because during the past five years I have been operating in my domestic household a robot that does precisely what Sabotachi performs and for added measure my machine is pert and prettier than the ungainly Japanese gizmo.
abotachi is a complex machine that requires an elaborate software and computer programme written in the algorithm mode, but my robot is simple indeed. It is a simpleton and quick on the uptake.
At the stroke of 7 in the morning I throw off the bedcovers and utter an irritable and unpleasant snarl and that is the signal for my robot to swing into action. It quickly hops out of the bed and donning a comely housecoat it strides briskly towards the kitchen unlike Sabotachi and others of its ilk that waddle drunkenly on their flat metal feet.
In less than 10 minutes my robot returns from the kitchen and without waiting for any more signals, it automatically and gracefully sets down on an occasional table a pot of fresh steaming coffee.
Sabotachi says in a thick, husky mechanical grunt, “This is coffee”. There is none of that inane and picayune dialogue with My robot. It smiles a dazzling smile and says in a soft, sexy and dusky whisper, “Hi, my wonder man, please drink this Java I’ve specially
SIMPLE INDEED Sabotachi is a complex machine that requires an elaborate software and computer programme written in the algorithm mode. It is a simpleton and quick on the uptake.
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Three buttons have to be pressed on Sabotachi – “Iced” “Blend” and “American”. But my robot is so sophisticated that it is pre-programmed to precisely know my taste – thick black brew, plenty of buffalo milk and topped off with freshly whipped cream and cane sugar.
According to Japanese media hype Sabotachi is reputed not to complain and whine and gripe about the long working hours and poor pay and perks and threaten to go on strike for higher wages and improved bonuses and benefits. So what is the big deal?
Neither does my robot for it knows – any funny business and it will be sent packing to its mother by the next available bus or train.
It is axiomatic and that every technological gizmo of the 21st century MUST have an acronym and the one for my wonder, domestic coffee making robot is WIFE.