Every couple of years there is a new “Burger Robot” announced that will replace the humans in the fast food business.
Meet Flippy …
For the last few years the ordering kiosks were taking all the headlines, but this year we are back to automating the kitchen.
If anyone remembers, back in 2012, a secretive robotics startup named Momentum Machines debuted a machine that could crank out 400 made-to-order hamburgers in an hour. It’s fully autonomous, meaning the robot can slice toppings, grill a patty, and assemble and bag the burger without any help from humans. The Internet flipped out.
Here is the post from last year when Momentum was opening their restaurant: In reality, the true minimum wage is always zero
Sort of how high oil prices made new technologies such as fracking and oil sands production worth doing, a $15 minimum wage is not about ensuring that poor people have more money. It’s about an explosion of this kind of innovation in automation.