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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:12 PM

This Burger-Making Robot Could Revolutionize The Fast Food Industry

The San Francisco-based robotics startup, Momentum Machines, is trying to revolutionize the fast food industry with an automated burger-making machine.

The company plans to launch the first ever "smart restaurant" where all of the cooking is done by robots.

“Our alpha machine replaces all of the hamburger line cooks in a restaurant," Momentum Machines' website explains. "It does everything employees can do except better.”

And at a fraction of the cost.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/burger-robot-could-revolutionize-fast-food-industry-2012-11

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Reply This Burger-Making Robot Could Revolutionize The Fast Food Industry (Original post)
FarCenter Nov 2012 OP
Xipe Totec Nov 2012 #1
MineralMan Nov 2012 #2
closeupready Nov 2012 #11
WinkyDink Nov 2012 #3
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #14
sadbear Nov 2012 #17
leftstreet Nov 2012 #26
marybourg Nov 2012 #37
Poll_Blind Nov 2012 #4
FarCenter Nov 2012 #6
appal_jack Nov 2012 #10
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #18
Poll_Blind Nov 2012 #12
sadbear Nov 2012 #5
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #7
sadbear Nov 2012 #8
Xipe Totec Nov 2012 #19
sadbear Nov 2012 #20
FarCenter Nov 2012 #24
Callmecrazy Nov 2012 #25
Xipe Totec Nov 2012 #39
TeamPooka Nov 2012 #9
sadbear Nov 2012 #15
TeamPooka Nov 2012 #13
Warpy Nov 2012 #16
MineralMan Nov 2012 #22
Jersey Devil Nov 2012 #21
southernyankeebelle Nov 2012 #23
patrice Nov 2012 #27
Speck Tater Nov 2012 #28
trof Nov 2012 #30
trof Nov 2012 #29
sadbear Nov 2012 #32
trof Nov 2012 #33
savebigbird Nov 2012 #31
FarCenter Nov 2012 #35
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #38
savebigbird Nov 2012 #41
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #45
Initech Nov 2012 #34
AldoLeopold Nov 2012 #36
GreenStormCloud Nov 2012 #40
Bucky Nov 2012 #43
Bucky Nov 2012 #42
Bonobo Nov 2012 #44

Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:14 PM

1. Now all we need is robot consumers, to get humans completely out of the equation

After all if we replace all human labor with machines, nobody will have a salary to buy the hamburgers no mater how cheap they are.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:15 PM

2. They could just install a conveyor belt to deliver the burgers

directly to the garbage grinder. No humans needed at all.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:27 PM

11. lol

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:16 PM

3. More unemployed! Joy to the world!

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:29 PM

14. Automation in itself isn't the problem. The problem is that we never reap the rewards of

 

saving all that labor. The inevitable result is an ever increasing number of people vying for an ever decreasing number of jobs.

We're trying to move into the 21st century while dragging a 19th century mindset and an 18th century economic system behind us. We should be reducing the number of hours of work required to live well and better sharing the economic rewards that innovation and discovery yield.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:30 PM

17. +1

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:35 PM

26. +1

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:01 PM

37. That's what they promised us

- back in the 50's - would happen as machines took over the drudge work. We'd each work about 9 hours/week and improve our minds and health the rest of the time. And for some reason we just believed that the capitalists would pay the same wage as for a 40 hour week!

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:19 PM

4. No reason, as consumers, that we can't stigmatize the shit out of robotic fast food restaurants.

I mean, fuck it. It's not like I'm some sort of Luddite, but you have to draw the line somewhere. When I was a broke teenager and, especially when I was in college, there were times the only job I could get was at a fast food restaurant.

It's not a great job, but it's a job. In America right now, we need jobs.

If I can stigmatize Chik-Fil-A for pushing barbaric social ideas I sure as shit can stigmatize a robo-straunt.

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:23 PM

6. Consumers will love it -- no more kitchen help doing gross things to your food.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:26 PM

10. Who, exactly, will be cleaning these machines?

Machines handling raw meat sounds like a recipe for some nasty E coli for sure...

-app

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Response to appal_jack (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:30 PM

18. Ever seen a self-cleaning oven? Just extent the process. n/t

 

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:27 PM

12. Na, na- I didn't say they wouldn't. I said there's no reason why we can't socially stigmatize it.

Social pressure has it's uses.

PB

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:22 PM

5. I'm for it.

As long as it brings the prices down. I mean, that is the point, isn't it? (I'm not going to pay the same price for a burger when all the money goes to the owner and not the robots. )

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Response to sadbear (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:23 PM

7. I'm sorry...




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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:25 PM

8. HAL 9000 is so 2001.

This is 2012, dammit! We can do better.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:31 PM

19. So true.


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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:32 PM

20. Is she gonna make my burger?

Hell yeah, now I'm definitely on board with this burger-flipping automaton.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:19 PM

24. I think that the user interface will be more like this



This invention automates the back of the store.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:34 PM

25. I'd buy that for a dollar!

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Response to Callmecrazy (Reply #25)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:42 PM

39. It's a defective toaster. nt

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:25 PM

9. I'll have a Skynet Burger and Matrix Fries please. nt

mooo

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:29 PM

15. The singularity is nigh!!!

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:28 PM

13. Smart restaurant, stupid customers.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:29 PM

16. I wonder if this will catch on

except in super high volume burger joints. I have a feeling the cost will be too high for most ordinary franchises. They'll either have to do a hard sell on payback period or hope the corporate honchos force them on the franchises.

I'd be a little sad to see the bottom of the barrel line cook jobs go, anyway. Oh, they're a lousy underpaid treadmill with no opportunity for advancement or employee input, but they do provide the entry into restaurant work for a hell of a lot of people.

Oh well, there's still Subway, maybe Taco Bell.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:37 PM

22. No. It won't catch on.

It's a blue sky, inc. thing. But...if you hurry, you can still invest. Just sell your stock in the water carburetor company, and you're golden.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:35 PM

21. LOL, reminds me of Lucy and the candy conveyor belt

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Someone's gotta package and serve those burgers.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:05 PM

23. It is amazing companies want to replace live people with robots. I would love to know who in

 

the hell is going to be able to afford buying a hamburger. Really looks like this country has lost generations of workers. I guess we humans are going to have to take care of our ownselfs and sell and make our own economy. Barter and trade.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:37 PM

27. Phuk robo-burgers! Legalize hemp to create entrepreneurship for the humans those robots replace!

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:42 PM

28. Next they'll have a burger vending machine.

 

That cooks the burger right before your very eyes.

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #28)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:44 PM

30. Great minds think alike.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:43 PM

29. Fresh burger vending machines: Coming to your neighborhood soon.

Strictly from an investment point of view, disregarding society-economic considerations, I'd buy stock in this company NOW!

Next: PIZZA!

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Response to trof (Reply #29)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:48 PM

32. I've already seen one of those pizza vending machines on TV.

I don't remember if it was in the U.S., though. Maybe it was Japan.

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Response to trof (Reply #29)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:49 PM

33. Addendum: We'll call it ROBOBURGER!

UNTOUCHED BY HUMAN HANDS!
100% GERM FREE!
SNEEZE FREE!
NEVER AGAIN WILL A WORKER SPIT IN YOUR SHAKE BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE HAVING TO WORK IN A GRINDING LOW-WAGE JOB!!


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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:46 PM

31. Considering the way my computer acts up...

...I won't be ingesting any robot hamburgers.

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #31)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:53 PM

35. BBOD -- The Blue Burger of Death

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #31)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:12 PM

38. Oh noes, another order lost lost forever in the queue!

Sorta like my printer. And the MTA...



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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #38)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:32 PM

41. Error 404: Burger Not Found n/t

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Response to savebigbird (Reply #31)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:59 PM

45. Break the M$ addiction and you will find that nothing is wrong with your computer.

 

Your problems are almost certainly the crapware you are loading on it.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:53 PM

34. Carl's Jr. Fuck you I'm eating!

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:57 PM

36. I for one welcome our new Robot Assistant Managers

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:13 PM

40. Somebody has to load, clean and fix it when it screws up. N/T

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #40)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:23 PM

43. nanobots

And when one of these things "screws up" it'll probably start by killing its repair crew and turning them into burgers.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:22 PM

42. It's a madhouse! It's a freaking madhouse!

I saw an episode of Star Trek when they tried this once. It didn't turn out well.

Besides, if not for burger joints, where will all the recovering junkies get jobs?

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:27 PM

44. How is this different than the 3-D printer?

When the 3-D printer was discussed and it was brought up that it would cost jobs among Chinese manufacturers, a certain poster declared that those jobs in China were better off lost and that the Chinese people workers lifestyles would be improved with the loss of those slave-labor jobs...

How is this different?

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