At the Tipsy Robot, a bar in the Strip’s Miracle Mile Shops, you’ll see exactly what its name suggests, which is two robots without fancy names, just Robot One and Robot two, making drinks curious customers.
Victor Reza Valanejad is the bar’s General Manager. He opened the Tipsy Robot last year.
“It is the first worldwide robot bar,” Valanejad explained.
A recent study by the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis predicts that by the year 2035, 65.2 percent of Las Vegas employees could lose their jobs to robots, like the automated bartenders at the Tipsy Robot.
“It’s kind of scary because they are basically gonna do our jobs,” shared Dallamy Santos, an employee at The D.
Santos has worked at The D hotel for almost 20 years. For the first time, she and thousands of other hospitality workers have been fighting to include verbiage in their contracts to protect their jobs from automation, or, robots.
The negotiations call for employees to work alongside the robots, not be replaced by them.
“We don’t want to lose our jobs because robots are coming up,” expressed Santos. “It’s technology. Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes it’s not. But we need to be protected.”
The study predicts that Las Vegas will be the hardest hit metropolitan area in the country, with two out of three employees potentially losing their jobs to automation.
But at The Tipsy Robot, humans aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
“The robots cannot function without humans,” explained Valanejad. “They’re gonna be behind the computer running the robots or giving their knowledge to the customer.”
Human intelligence can be imitated, as the study suggests, but only time will tell if it can be duplicated.
“I don’t think that even though they’re robots they’re gonna do all the standards that we as human beings can be able to do,” explained Santos.
According to the Culinary Union, 48,000 hospitality workers in Las Vegas are protected by their recently-negotiated contracts. The contracts include verbiage stating that employees will work alongside robots, and not be replaced by them in the future.
The union says employees from The D, Treasure Island, and Golden Gate are still in negotiations.