Saturday, August 5, 2017

Next Meal for the Age of Robos ... Ding, Ding, Ding ... Pizza Shops

Pizza or painting by Jackson Pollock?  You decide.

Zume does not operate like conventional delivery services. Rather, it has sought to achieve a productive balance between its meaty and metallic employees, enabling each to better support the other. "Human beings are better at taste-testing," Collins said. "Human beings are better at recipe development, produce selection. Robots are great at repetitive tasks -- like moving pizza in and out of an 800-degree oven 1,000 times a day -- so the goal is not end-to-end automation because that's not what's going to create better food for the customer."

Engadget:  Robot chefs and en route baking could be the future of pizza delivery

That sounds completely hippie dippie but the video reveals a large part of their process and it's most impressive in terms of integration of humans and robos.  In this context, the robos kill some of the jobs but not all of them and that's likely to be the way of it for some while.  This is not some pie-in-the-sky dream since it's active right now.

Americans typically react with, oh, pish posh, it's no problem since there are loads of jobs and, from their perspective, the economy booms.  However, it's not possible to get Americans to consider tomorrow even under threat of torture.  The only time they do it at all is in the context of religion but then they get terrified and run screaming into the night, "God will burn me if I don't behave."

The fact global factories haven't immediately been converted to a robo workforce doesn't mean anything.  It's evolution in action and the factories are large.  That people don't see it only reveals their unwillingness to look.

Example of a robo factory they say isn't coming:

Photo taken on March 26, 2017 shows a glass production line of an enterprise in Shahe city, North China's Hebei province. China's gross domestic product expanded 6.9 percent year on year in the first half of the year to about 38.15 trillion yuan ($5.62 trillion), data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed. 


China Daily:  Economic restructuring leading to quality growth in China

There was the same thing in ignoring the problems in the Oroville Dam for fifty years or more until, what do you know, it collapsed.  (UC Berkley:  Bob Bea Takes Us on a Deep Dive Through His Dire Oroville Report)

Thanks to Pink for that link since it's yet another example of failure to anticipate, failure to maintain systems, etc.  People say they love the country so much and want it to be great so why the fuck don't they take care of it.

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