Robot Baristas Are Latest Front in S. Korea Automation Push

South Korea’s minimum wage has jumped by 27.3 percent over the last two years, adding incentive to cut labor costs by using automation.

  • Published 6 June 2019

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Are robot baristas the future of South Korea’s vibrant coffee culture? Dal.komm Coffee thinks so. The company now has 45 robot-equipped outlets in shopping malls, company cafeterias, schools and an airport. Coffee is just one of many industries that could be transformed by automated services in this tech-forward nation, a notion both exciting and worrisome as jobs become scarcer. South Korean industries, including restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets, banks and manufacturers,… Read at AP News