CaliBurger Flippy robot employability
Occurred: March 2018
USA Today reports that a robot burger-flipper at Caliburger, Pasadena, has been put on extended leave after working only a single shift due to a surge of orders after its introduction.
Having made a big noise about its Flippy robot that it described as 'the future of food', manufacturer Miso Robotics had to pull its technology after it quickly exceeded its 2,000-burger-a-day capacity.
According to CaliBurger CTO Anthony Lomelino, 'human staff' were part of the problem. 'Working with people, you talk to each other. With Flippy, you kind of need to work around his schedule' he says.
The incident stimulated discussion about the purpose of robots and their impact on jobs, with some commentators reckoning many jobs will disappear, and income equalities widen.
Flippy's replacement robot Flippy 2 is marketed as 'flexible and modular to meet any kitchen's needs'.
Flippy 2 costs a minimum USD 3,000 a month.
Operator: Cali Group
Developer: Miso Robotics
Purpose: Flip burgers
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Employment - jobs
Transparency: Governance; Marketing