Chipotle is a company?!
What next? Companies called Potato, Wine, Car or Underpants?
How does this affect other companies selling potatoes, wine, cars and underpants?
What dwill this do to the way we speak about them?
Unhappy with the speed at which human workers prep avocados, Chipotle has introduced a robot to get the guacamole going. The fittingly named Autocado (sigh) won't do all the work, however. It's an avocado prep machine that can cut, core and peel an avocado without the need for human hands but the rest of the mashing and …
"To ensure we didn't lose the humanity behind our culinary experience, we trained Chippy extensively to ensure the output mirrored our current product, delivering some subtle variations in flavor that our guests expect,"
It is genuinely chilling that a human can say something like this without a trace of irony... This is a low point in dystopic parlance.
Even though politicians have been going full blast on making sure that the lowest skilled workers can still earn a "livable wage", companies are working to eliminate those people as fast as they can. $22/hr for somebody dunking potato strips in hot oil will just lead to fewer jobs for that (non) skill set. Still, I find it odd to see stories about advances in robotics aimed at getting rid of the people paid the least. I would think it would make more sense to go after those that get paid more. The ones at the very top do so little that it's only their absence that will make an improvement.
It's been a couple of years since I've been to a fast food industry trade show, but the last time, automation was all the rage. It won't be long before we have near 100% automation. The upside is order accuracy will rise above the 50% mark. Is anybody yet creating a 3ton porkuswine?
"It won't be long before we have near 100% automation."
It's already happening, but mainly "experimental" in places like Seoul and Tokyo where there seems to be an appetite for robots, weird gadgets and automation that may or may not catch on around the rest of the world.
"It's already happening, but mainly "experimental" in places like Seoul and Tokyo where there seems to be an appetite for robots, weird gadgets and automation that may or may not catch on around the rest of the world."
YouTube suggested a " How it's made" channel that I had a look through and there was a company that made sushi machines. One would take a hopper of rice and form it into little loaves to make sushi with and another would apply a layer of rice to a piece of nori, eject so the worker could add contents and then form it all into a roll ready to transfer to the slicing machine.
McDonalds has shown the burger flipper robot companies the folly of their ways by having a dual sided griddle to cook both sides of a meat patty at the same time. The interesting food robot stuff is coming from companies looking to make entirely new forms that lend themselves to automation. Trying to come up with a machine to flip burgers in the same way as a human would doesn't make sense.