Flippy the BurgerFlipping bot Raised Another 10 Million Will Steal Your Job

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower center_img Flippy a robot that can flip a burger, is simply among the first in a new wave of bots hell-bent on taking what little menial work is left in the twisted techno-futurist dystopia we’ve made for ourselves. Make no mistake, the robot apocalypse won’t be the type of knock-down drag-out fight we’ve seen in Terminator or Futurama. It’ll be far more mundane and far more steady, and it starts here.Miso Robotics, the company behind the lil boi, have now secured an additional $10 million in capital to help bring their bot to more restaurants — stealing countless jobs in the process.Of course, Miso its project is just great. And how could it not? Flippy is a very impressive machine, a testament to the brilliance of human engineers, and the unlimited potential of the minds we all have.And yet… this is exactly the kind of scenario that many of Earth’s greatest minds have and are continuing to warn us about. It should come as no shock to anyone that the economy doesn’t really work quite like it once did. The global push for profits naturally leads to a race-to-the-bottom for all industries, cutting out as much unnecessary labor as possible. Even turbo-capitalists and neo-robber barons like Elon Musk openly acknowledge this.With bots that don’t show up late, don’t call in sick, and don’t require all that stupid food crap us dumb humans are always whining about, though, there’s not much incentive for businesses to keep us around.That’s what lies at the heart of this talk of Flippy. It’s not just a burger-bot, but one that is simple and reliable and has the capital to start spreading outside of the relatively limited chain, CaliBurger, that currently employs the fellas.Currently, Flippy only has a few different iterations, but it’s already pretty flexible in terms of job type it can perform, filling in the role as a generalized “kitchen assistant.” It can work the frier, plate, or help with other “dull, dirty, or dangerous” tasks. Flippy can be “installed” and operational in minutes, too. Miso Robotics says that it won’t be replacing anyone (of course they say that), adding that the company is sure those employees will find other work in the food industry. It’s just not sure what those jobs would look like.“Tasting food and creating recipes will always be the purview of a chef,” Miso Robotics CEO David Zito told TechCrunch. “And restaurants are gathering places where we go to interact with each other. Humans will always play a very critical role in the hospitality side of the business given the social aspects of food. We just don’t know what the new roles will be yet in the industry.”It seriously shouldn’t take someone with an economics degree to figure out that the only reasons companies are interested in bots is to lower costs. That savings comes in part, yes, from the greater efficiency of bots. But then again, there’s no reason to employ people if you’ve got a capable robot to handle it. Oh sure, we’ll share jobs for a while. Humans and bots might work alongside one another for a decade or two, but we’ll be training our replacements. Helping them learn how to do our jobs better than us. Then it’s all over.In thirty years, it isn’t even really clear how the economy will work at all. Maybe tax the robots and use universal basic income as a stop-gap? Hard to say. But! If we can survive the impending nightmare, there’s a small chance we’ll end up in a Star Trek-style future where (most) things are bright and cheery and money doesn’t exist but instead we have to worry about the Borg. That’s way less stressful.last_img


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