See, so this is how it truly begins.
In the matter of widespread robotic invasion of archaic human tasks of yore, we took our eye off the ball. We have been convinced that the robots will ease into existing structures and familiar human milieus; we assumed they would supplant that which we know. A narrative in which robots are wheeled into our favorite restaurants and other service establishments with coded instructions to usurp human roles. We wait with baited, expectant breath…but little did we expect that perhaps the restaurant would follow the robot rather than the assumption we’ve held of the reverse.
This is the ideal robots-are-coming ice breaker.
A restaurant built and staffed around robotic staffing. Genius. The psychological affront of robots replacing humans is avoided because the restaurant in question never employed humans because it did not exist during the human era.
Move over, humans. A robot-operated restaurant is heading to the Bay Area.
Momentum Machines, a San Francisco-based startup, plans to launch a burger joint where fare is cooked, seasoned and wrapped by robots, Tech Insider reported.
The still unnamed restaurant will utilize what Momentum Machines built in 2012 — a machine that could churn out 400 burgers in an hour. The innovative appliance includes a stamper that grinds and stamps custom blends of meat, a vegetable slicer, an oven to toast the meat and bun, and a bagger to wrap the complete product.
Images released by the company show the machine “completely replaces all the sandwich labor in a restaurant.”
A Craigslist job ad that Momentum Machines posted about a month ago said that the restaurant will open at 680 Folsom Street. The ad described the burgers as “fresh-ground and grilled to order, served on toasted brioche, and accented by an infinitely personalizable variety of fresh produce, seasonings, and sauces.”
Momentum Machines was founded in 2009 by a group of engineers who wanted to bring together their love for food, technology and machines.
It makes absolute sense that such human-replacement technology enters our world through pathways of fresh, unfamiliar start-ups whose human legacy is non-existent.