Flippy the burger-flipping robot that started work this week in a California restaurant has been forced to take a break because it was too slow.
Flippy, a burger-flipping robot, has begun work at a restaurant in Pasadena, Los Angeles.
Scholars have warned that demand for low-skilled jobs will drop sharply following automation and flipping burgers is definitely on the robo-overlord menu, as CaliBurger can attest.
McDonald’s shares hit an all-time high on Tuesday as Wall Street expects sales to increase from new digital ordering kiosks that will replace cashiers in 2,500 restaurants.
AI, robots and automation could replace humans in the food services industry “by the mid [2020s],” Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed told CNBC.
A burger-flipping robot has just completed its first day on the job at a restaurant in California, replacing humans at the grill. Flippy has mastered the art of cooking the perfect burger and has just started work at CaliBurger, a fast-food chain.
The McDonald’s on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York doesn’t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain’s other locations across the country. Inside, however, hungry patrons are welcomed not by a cashier waiting to take their order, but by a “Create Your Taste” kiosk.
Chinese restaurants started to replace their workers with robots as early as 2006. Though some have proven pretty incompetent, they’re still cheaper than human wait staff — the approximate $1,200 up-front cost per robot is just a couple months’ salary for an average server in China (though robot prices vary).
San Francisco will soon get its very own burger-flipping robot.
A startup called Momentum Machines debuted a robot a few years ago that can cook and serve up to 400 burgers per hour – and now the company is creating a restaurant concept around said robot.