Flippy— the friendly little name given to the robot that will eventually replace food service workers— apparently isn't very good at it's job. After just one day the machine ran into problems and went on and "extend break." Wonder if it gets paid time off for that?
Caliburger, the chain that plans to install 50 more of these robots nationwide, swears up down and sideways that Flippy isn't going to take jobs away, but instead is there to "aid, not replace" food workers.
At the cost of $60,000 - $100,000 a piece, we can totally see why the owners of Caliburger would purchase 50 machines to "help" employees, cause that's what corporations do. Right?
"Flippy," a machine that costs $60,000 to $100,000, depending on its features, and is said to be capable of flipping 2,000 burgers a day. It began helping out this week at a Caliburger restaurant in Pasadena, California. https://t.co/jBfnop7kEj pic.twitter.com/jV8WTZJmWn— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 6, 2018
Regardless of what Caliburger says, people are definitely worried about robots taking over jobs.
It's official. Technology is taking over the world.— Kenrick Bautista (@KenrickBautist2) March 6, 2018
Societal unrest will follow because the US cannot afford a "living wage" for all these unemployed.— R (@Timetochange999) March 6, 2018
"The kitchen of the future will always have people in it". I doubt that. At least not the fast food kitchen. There will be people until they work out the bugs like adding the cheese. when the AI figures out the optimal time we won't have to do that anymore and so on.— IA (@Protocol_0) March 5, 2018
But it didn't take long for Flippy to take a break.
H/T: Grub Street