Burger-flipping employees can breathe a slight sigh of relief. A robot named Flippy, designed to do their job at a much more efficient rate, crashed after less than a day on the job. California fast food restaurant CaliBurger placed Flippy in its Pasadena location. They hoped it would revolutionize their kitchen, churning out 150 burgers per hour without required a paycheck or benefits.
After news of Flippy making its debut, people flocked to the location hoping to catch a glimpse of the burger-making robot. What they ended up with, was a broken down robot not able to meet demands. Or did the human staff members fail the robot?
Anthony Lomelino, chief technology officer for the Cali Group, blames the human staff for not being able to work alongside Flippy. During peak restaurant hours, Lomelin says they needed to choreograph their movements to fall into sync with the robot’s, essentially working on a machine’s schedule.
The Future For Flippy
Despite the initial setback, CaliBurger plans to eventually install the robot in up to 50 of its locations. The robot reportedly has the capability to make 2,000 burgers a day. Flippy’s creators, Miso Robotics, said in a statement to the BBC they were testing the code that controls the robot to ensure that it can cook quickly enough to fill orders during peak times in the restaurant.
BBC News reports that Flippy will be getting a software update to deliver on its expectations and will be returning to the line. People fearing a robot takeover of the restaurant business have nothing to fear. New technologies are being developed to keep people working at fast food establishments, while helping to enhance the customer experience and create lower turnover by staff. Ready or not world, robots are here and they’re coming to handle everyday tasks. It won’t be too long before Robophobia becomes a thing.