Earlier this month, AI startup DataSparQ introduced AI Bar, a system that automates the selection of who’s got next for drink orders. It’s being used at 5cc Harrild & Sons in London and has .

With use of anonymized facial recognition, the AI Bar’s promotional video makes it seem like a solution to a serious problem, but I’m not so sure.

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Even when things get busy, most of the bartenders I’ve come across are pretty good at their jobs. Sometimes you get skipped and have to speak up for yourself, but that’s not a bad thing.

My attraction to charming dive bars over crowded nightclubs certainly shapes my perception here, but this system deserves to be questioned. Though it might be helpful in

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