As order kiosks replace cashiers in #McDonald's and other "#Fightfor15" #fastfoodrestaurants, a restaurant startup that's opening in #SanFrancisco next week will feature what would be a milestone in the history of food service (and also the latest sign that robots are about to take over far more fast-food jobs): On June 27, the restaurant will become the first to serve burgers cooked and assembled by a robot. According to Bloomberg, the burger will be assembled and cooked in a machine that contains 20 computers, 350 sensors, and 50 actuator mechanisms - and zero human interference, other than having somebody present to hand the finished burger to customers.
The company, called #Creator, was founded by entrepreneur Alex Vardakostas in 2012. The 33-year-old has had experiencing working in burger restaurants since he was young; growing up in #SouthernCalifornia, his family owned the A's Burgers chain, as well as several other restaurants. Building a robot to build a more efficient burger has always been a source of fascination for Vardakostas, who started construction of what he calls "the burger robot" in his parent's garage back in 2010. Since then, he has been working to assemble a dream team of engineers, robotics experts and chefs to help him finish the machine and round out the concept. He's also raised at least $18 million in venture funding from Google ventures and other sources.
Building the #burgerrobot was always something Vardakostas has always wanted to do. "When you make 400 of the same burger every day, you can’t help but think, 'How would I make this experience better?'" he said.
Creator's first restaurant will be located at 680 Folsom St., in San Francisco's trendy SoMa neighborhood, one of "San Francisco's top 5 priciest neighborhoods". Food costs at the restaurant are unusually high, amounting to roughly 40% of the sticker price of the burger. But Vardakostas said his company saves money on labor thanks to the machine, allowing it to spend more on ingredients... 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾#Automation #Technocracy #SocioEconomicReformation #AutonomousSociety