In case you were wondering, this is what a salad-making robot looks like (Source: Chowbotics)
They can’t instantly whip up an Earl Grey or pasta al fiorella like the “Star Trek” replicator, but robot chefs are having a moment.
Chef Robotics — a startup creating a robot to handle commercial kitchen tasks — just raised $7.7m, per TechCrunch.
Though the actual bot has yet to be revealed, Chef Robotics promises it will increase production and consistency, waste less food, and save restaurants money.
… are struggling to find workers. Demand for robot chefs also increased during the pandemic as businesses looked to decrease human contact.
Notable food names are testing out nonhuman labor:
So, yeah, not quite “Star Trek,” but it’s progress nonetheless.