As California moves toward a minimum wage of $ 15 at the hour, companies struggle to find creative ways to remain competitive, even if it means replacing increasingly expensive human workers by machines.
Or more precisely, replacing the fast food burger fins with a robot named Flippy.
CaliBurger, a fast food restaurant in Pasadena, California, has just made its debut, and this one never gets sick, never deposits benefits, never complains, never smokes and always does what it is programmed.
In other words, it seems that the “employee of the month” award is no longer available.
Meet Flippy the Robot Burger Flipper
KTLA5 went to the restaurant to document Flippy in action:
Cali Group CEO John Miller says it’s all about consistency, not jobs, although it’s not necessary for a rocket scientist or even a burger lover to see where that goes.
“The key to success in the restaurant industry is consistency, so every time you go to a CaliBurger wherever you know the galette will be cooked exactly the same,” Miller said at KTLA5.
Developed by Miso Robotics and sold at a cost of $ 60,000, or on the cost of less than two minimum wage workers in California for a year, Flippy uses thermal imaging and 3D vision to determine when return and hamburgers. It can even detect the size and temperature of the cake compared to the surface temperature of the grill and has the ability to use artificial intelligence to learn new tasks.
Quite high-tech, but Flippy needs humans to put the raw cakes on the grill, add cheese, and generally make sure things are going well … for the moment.
“The kitchen of the future will always have people in it, but we see this kitchen as having people and robots,” said Miso CEO David Zito, who sees the robot as a way to reduce costs and a job “hot, greasy, dirty”.
“This technology is not about replacing jobs – we see Flippy as this third hand,” Zito said.
Maybe not yet, but if the California Democrats maintain the only kind of help that many companies will be able to afford, it will be the kind that does not have a pulse.
Reissued with permission. Original here.
Photo via Miso Robotics
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