Facing a continued staffing crisis and growing labor costs, many businesses are looking beyond the next hire. Consider the barista who never calls in sick or the coffee-making bots that brew up to 300 portions per shift, work 24/7 and never take breaks, except for refilling or cleaning. In many ways, the crippling U.S. labor shortage is just what the engineer ordered—a way to broadly integrate robots armed with artificial intelligence and other automated machines into the day-to-day operations.