Good news if you are worried that a robot accepts your job: it turns out that even mechanical workers need a break.
Just a change in his career at the CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena, California, this week, Flippy, the fin hamburger robot, is missing, reports USA Today. The bot, created by startup Miso Robotics, made its debut earlier this week by attending CaliBurger's kitchen turning burgers on the grill. According to reports, the robot did its job well, but was so successful with the clients that Miso Robotics is giving Flippy free time over the weekend for some updates.
According to Miso spokeswoman Stephanie Cirigliano, the company needs to perform tests with the robot "to ensure that the location can meet a large number of orders." Cirigliano told USA Today that Flippy will go to the hamburger shop next week, but I'll only be for a limited time each day (between 11:00 and 14:00 to help cover the lunch shift).
Flippy is more an automaton than a human replacement. It is essentially an industrial robot arm with a connected spatula that uses artificial vision to locate the burgers on the grill, the time they have been cooking and flip them when necessary. Human workers still have to do everything else, including putting cheese in the hamburger, assembling the food and taking a customer's order. Flippy is being won primarily as an attraction for visitors, as are Chinese restaurants that use robot waiters.
Despite these tricks, it seems that robots are finding their place little by little in new occupations. CaliBurger plans to install Flippy in 50 locations throughout the United States, and Miso Robotics is just one of the new companies that use the latest technology to automate the food industry. Startup Momentum Machines has raised $ 18 million to bring its burger robot to fast food snacks, and other companies are building machines that make pizzas and salads.
The fact that even a basic robot like Flippy needs many modifications to adapt to life in the kitchen shows that the integration of robots into human work is more difficult than it seems. But, it's still happening, one hamburger at a time.