A Reporter at the Olympic Games: The Robot Bartender Started Slinging Fruity Drinks With Its Long, Swaying Arm

From a New York Times Reporter’s Notebook story by Andrew Keh headlined “In the Olympic Bubble, a Small Taste of the Food Finds of China”:

BEIJING — The robot bartender was an ominous sign.

It came to life on one of the first days of the Olympic Games, right around happy hour, and unceremoniously started slinging fruity drinks with its long, swaying arm.

There were robots everywhere, in fact: Across the room, they stacked burgers and wrapped them neatly in wax paper; around the corner, they simmered dumplings; others skittered overhead, lowering plates of food from the ceiling.