Robotic Fast-Food Restaurant



It's amazing.. it's the year 2009, and we still have people making food!

The recent fiasco involving the dumbasses "tampering" with food at Domino's Pizza could have been completely avoided if human employees at fast food restaurants were replaced with robots. Why aren't we all over this idea?!

Just imagine – a burger could be cooked on demand, to the perfect safe internal temperature (monitored by the cooking robot), assembled quickly, wrapped, and served all by machines! No humans to slow down or contaminate the food. Quality and speed would be virtually identical between every single burger served. Every salad served. Every chicken-whatever served.

Touch screen oder-taking kiosks could completely automate the order taking process, removing as much human error from the equation as possible. (The customer will still be able to screw things up if they're totally incompetent.) But, a human cashier should probably be on duty for people with disabilities, or kids, etc.

Maybe there could even be a scale under the platforms in front of the order kiosks to weigh customers and provide useful messages like "Are you sure you want that much food? You can't seriously blame anything on genetics ever again."

We need snarky robots!

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5 Comments »

  1. spudart (890 comments) said,

    I digg it.

    April 22, 2009 @ 9:24 am


  2. Cactus Joe (98 comments) said,

    Ha ha. I love the scale idea. "WARNING: If you complete this purchase you will be forbidden from blaming your body mass index on genetics for the next 6 months. Are you sure you want to complete this purchase? Perhaps you'd like to remove the supersized fries and cola from your oder…" Since it is a machine, there is no social taboo about calling someone fat.

    April 22, 2009 @ 9:29 am


  3. Eric (6 comments) said,

    I like the idea, but you will still need some sort of quality checking, like a trained, skilled human watching over the robot. At this point, the automation required (be it robotic or otherwise) to determine if food is fresh and if it will look appetizing is quite costly if available at all.
    You move from having a wealth of low-skilled laborers at such establishments to a smaller number of specifically trained, skilled laborers, and selling that to corporations will prove hard. (Not saying don't do it, just pointing out some whynotyets)

    April 23, 2009 @ 10:59 am


  4. sparx (882 comments) said,

    Noo… just a Quality Checking Robot 🙂

    April 23, 2009 @ 11:00 am


  5. unlikelymoose (375 comments) said,

    I love this idea. Gimme some fries, robot!

    April 27, 2009 @ 10:12 am


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