Over the last couple of decades, various industries have slowly transitioned to robotics and the restaurant industry has been no different.
The robotics disruption, although yet to happen in a full-fledged fashion, is already in news.
The rush to gain maximum business is as usual in the industry known for its cut-throat competition. Therefore, restaurants across the world are trying to cut costs and introduce various means to attract customers and provide them with a better dining experience.
So, with the help of a bit of re-imagination and artificial intelligence, the companies are trying to help restaurants achieve their goals in a more “automated” fashion.
As of now, we have self – ordering tablets and eMenus, robotic arms that can be programmed to choose the finest of ingredients and cook delicious meals.
Reading all this definitely makes one think that chefs will soon become extinct. However, that may not be the case as restaurants have continued to employ chefs in large number.
The prime reason being the choice of the customers again. While some love the tech-infused dining experience, there is still a large chunk of people who like their food to be done right by humans and not machines.
In countries like Germany and Sweden, where the adoption rate of robots is far higher than even The United State of America and China, there has no news of any mass unemployment. In all both these countries lost just 19 per cent of their jobs in between 1996 and 2016, a report by Harvard Business Review states.
This fact effectively points out the fact that robots are definitely not going to take over the industry and leave people unemployed in masses. But, they will be here to co-work and increase productivity, make menus smarter and make dining a fun user experience.