Of all the ways that robots might ultimately usurp the human race, robotic restaurant employees are looking to top the list. It’s unlikely that automation will ever take over fine dining—but fast food? That’s already happening.
Spyce, a new restaurant backed by French chef and restauranteur Daniel Boulud, was cooked up (sorry) by four MIT grads who had grown tired of paying human-labor prices for their food. Instead, they devised a system of seven robotic chefs that can prepare a meal for cheaper and in less than three minutes.
At Spyce, customers order from a touch screen before the robots get to work collecting ingredients and depositing them into robotic woks where they are mixed and cooked at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. After the food is cooked up, the woks tip over and pour the food into a bowl.
It’s hard to knock a well-executed system, but there’s something to be said for the fact that humans are still responsible for putting the finishing touches on the dishes. Maybe there’s hope for us yet.