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This article was published on March 9, 2017

    Burger-flipping robot could spell the end of teen employment

    Burger-flipping robot could spell the end of teen employment
    Bryan Clark
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    Bryan Clark

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    A burger-flipping robot could mean the end of the summer job that all of us loved to hate.

    The AI-driven robot ‘Flippy,’ by Miso Robotics, is marketed as a kitchen assistant, rather than a replacement for professionally-trained teens that ponder the meaning of life — or what their crush looks like naked — while awaiting a kitchen timer’s signal that it’s time to flip the meat.

    Flippy features a number of different sensors and cameras to identify food objects on the grill. It knows, for example, that burgers and chicken-like patties cook for a different duration. Once done, the machine expertly lifts the burger off the grill and uses its on-board technology to place it gently on a perfectly-browned bun.

    The robot doesn’t just work the grill like a master hibachi chef, either. Flippy is capable of deep frying, chopping vegetables, and even plating dishes.

    When combined with self-checkout terminals — or in-app purchasing — already offered at some locations, it seems the end is near for our favorite fast food chefs.

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