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  • Writer's pictureMichael Astor

Paralyzed People Work as Wait Staff in Tokyo Cafe

It's a little hard to make out what's exactly happening here because it's in Japanese but this article pretty much explains it and links to a bunch of other videos _ also in Japanese. Basically a robotics startup called Ori _ is running an experimental cafe with robot servers that are controlled remotely by paralyzed people from their homes. The Dawn cafe had a 10-day run that ended on Dec. 7, but the company is hoping a crowd funding campaign will allow them to open a full-time version. The 10 robot controllers suffer from ALS and spinal cord injuries and, in some cases, could only control the robots with their eyes. They all earned standard wages and, according to the article, gained a new found sense of independence from their jobs.


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