A company called Momentum Machines has built a robot that could radically change the fast-food industry and have some line cooks looking for new jobs.The company’s robot can “slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible.” The robot is “more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour.” That’s one burger every 10 seconds.
The next generation of the device will offer “custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem.”
The company claims the increased productivity will translate into lower prices for better burgers and the loss of burger flipping jobs will mean restaurants can expand into new areas of business and hire more people. But that seems like a long shot if not absolutely unlikely. Since when has increased productivity led to anything other than more profits for the already uber wealthy? Almost never.
Wakeup up, America. The burger bots are coming, to take your jobs and to make burgers you can no longer afford.