14 responses

  1. why06
    why06
    July 16, 2012

    I like it.

    But I can get a Hot&Ready pizza at Little Ceasers for $5, but I would buy this at a theme park if it was this cheap.

  2. Gorgand Grandor
    July 16, 2012

    It’s strange, because I keep thinking about how clean the machines will be. I don’t want a dusty pizza. Willing to give it a go in the name of vending machine progress, though.

  3. digitalcole
    digitalcole
    July 16, 2012

    I’ve seen this on another site and I’ll ask the same question.

    Why hasn’t McD’s (and other big chain fast food joints) automated their dining facilities to do something similar? It seems to me to be technologically possible, plus it’d save the company a huge amount of money by elimination of the employees.

    I’d be very interested in hearing a discussion about this.

    • why06
      why06
      July 16, 2012

      You hit the nail on the head. When I was working for $7.25 an hour at a fast food chain I couldnt help but wondering: “A machine could replace all of us. Especially me.. all I did was make shakes.

      Automation is going to hit America so hard a knock this nations socks off. It happened first in with Self-serv gas stations. Now its self-checkout at super markets. In a year literally all our video stores closed to be replaced by Red Box; a movie vending machine. If this hits the fast-food industry there will people out of work so fast and not a care given.

      The only problem is the maintenance and cleaning of the machine. It would be very hard include a fryer and grill in the machine. Food is messy, the machines need lots of cleaning, but I think its possible to start with half machines first. For instance a (fry & shake machine) that servers Fried food. A burger machines for burgers and things.

      The machines could operate 24/7 with a small downtown for maintenance, cleaning, and restocking.

      If this occurred millions would be laid off. whats saddest of all is these would be low income people to begin with. And slowly the footholds needed to raise yourself up out of poverty become less and less.

      TBH though i think the robo revolution happens to give people treated as second class citizens fair treatment as real people and not to have to work as machines.

      When 3d printing comes of age China is really in for it. They can’t compete with that. Mass production will soon be going out of style.

    • Edaj
      July 16, 2012

      Well, it looks like the machine needs maintenance often. It could break when you least expect it.

      Also, they could be afraid of their public image, maybe there will be headlines in the papers with along the lines:
      “McD workers loses their job, now it’s all done be robotics. What happens next?”

      This actually seems to apply to most 3D printer situation replacing human workers.

      But someone has to step up and do it, it’s the future.

      • David J. Hill
        July 16, 2012

        It might be a public image thing, but I doubt it. McDonald’s is a master of marketing…they convince people to eat something that the majority know is bad for them because it’s convenient and cheap. That’s why putting nutritional labels on their food doesn’t really matter.

        Actually, McDonald’s is a 2012 Olympic sponsor…how’s that for marketing?

        The day will come when its cheaper to have robots than people making Big Macs, and I suspect a company like McDonald’s will have a master marketing stroke for convincing everyone that robots are better for everyone.

        And I’ll agree with them, perhaps not their reasons for it, but I’m all for getting people better jobs.

        The best argument I’ve heard about McDonald’s employment is that it gives young people a start and teaches them important job skills. But is that really the best that society can do? Surely there’s a more productive, modern way that helps young people learn job skills AND helps them build careers AND utilizes their creativity, the one human capacity that will take the longest time to be replaced by machines.

        So I’m excited to see what people come up with because once manual labor is mostly off the table, what’s left is mental labor and that can only fuel the exponential rise of technology, information, and communication.

      • digitalcole
        digitalcole
        July 16, 2012

        Yes I agree that McD’s has a bottomless pit of PR money and that they could probably talk themselves out of anything.

        It just seems odd that they haven’t pushed for something similar. I’m not really pro big corporations but eliminating labor would save them huge amounts of money.

        In a sad way it reminds me of A Modest Proposal in the sense that McD’s (and other fast food joints) employees the lowest of the un-skilled menial labor force to serve food to the lowest of the economical/social spectrum.

    • SteveT
      July 17, 2012

      Could happen in the near future. Here’s an article from not long ago:

      http://econfuture.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/could-fast-food-automation-replace-low-wage-workers/

  4. benbradley
    July 16, 2012

    Amusingly, I just saw another food-automation device, 7-11 convenience stores are now putting in something like Slurpee machines, but these give you mashed potatoes and gravy (also links to articles on Huffingtonpost and Gizmodo):
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/16/7-eleven-selling-mashed-potatoes-and-chicken-gravy-from-slurpee-machines/
    There’s the Wawa convenience store chain with a sandwich making machine that Presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a short description of here, starting at about 3 minutes:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTrmwDmOjy4
    The real breakthrough will come when more generalized and high speed robots are used to make fast food, the way they are already used on food packaging assembly lines. Imagine Flexpickers making pizzas and hamburgers faster than humanly possible!

  5. Kristof
    July 17, 2012

    Who wants to make millions??

    Once the automated cars comes about, get these kitchen vending machines mobile so hot freshly made food arrives at you door the moment its done cooking. Everyone in the house hold can order what they want and it arrives without human intervention…. Good idea??

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