Just in time for the weekend.

Robotic Barmaid

Cecilia, you’re breaking our hearts — or at least you’re making us drinks.

A robot bartender named Cecilia is the newest hospitality expert at Florida International University’s Bacardi Center of Excellence — and, as the Miami Herald reports, it sounds like she’s pretty damn good at her job.

Standing at about seven feet tall, the console that houses the on-screen personality is essentially a soda dispenser for cocktails. But according to her customers, she “pours like an angel.”

Cecilia is fast, too. She can make 120 cocktails an hour while cracking dumb jokes.

When one journalist from The Spoon asked her for a “sweet” cocktail, Cecilia chimed in: “Not as sweet as buying Bitcoin back at [sic] 2011, but sweet enough for a cocktail.”

Next Level

The vest-wearing ginger was originally created about two years ago as a one-off project by Nir Cohen Paraira and Elad Kobi from the Israeli hospitality tech group GKI. She was a big hit at this year’s Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, according to the Herald.

According to her inventors, Cecilia can speak 40 languages, and take cashless payments.

Because she’s basically a glorified app, Cecilia can also provide bar owners with analytics about what drinks are popular and when the bar is busiest.

She is, however, limited to only having 12 liquid tanks, which means human bartenders may have to resort to helping out with pre-mixed beverages.

While other robot bartenders already exist in lots of different forms — like the one currently serving up 90-second cocktails at the Winter Olympics in Beijing — Cecilia’s makers say her “humanity” sets her apart from the rest.

As Brian Connors, an FIU hospitality professor who runs the Bacardi Center, told the Herald, Cecilia’s personality makes all the difference.

“You can get a rum and coke anywhere,” he told the newspaper, “but how often are you going to get it from a robot that tells bad jokes?”

To some, it’s essentially a glorified screen with booze tanks — but we could all use a drink right now.

READ MORE: She makes 120 cocktails an hour and tells bad jokes. Meet your new robot bartender. [The Miami Herald]

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