Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot


Thinking Chaos, Thinking Fences

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

10 February 2003

The hard-working people at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts have developed a glass that recognizes that it's empty and notifies the table it's sitting on. The table, in turn, notifies the bar or server (that's a human server, as opposed to a whirring box) so that a refill can be offered.

In principal this sounds like a good idea, practically, I've got my doubts. In Ireland, the bartenders really aren't keen to serve you--they've got 800 other, more attractive people they can serve at any given moment. In Vancouver's frequently empty bars, glasses will no doubt be refilled regularly by under-utilized wait staff. Plus, how many publicans or restauranteurs have the time or money to deploy such a system?

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