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Hold the onions? Robot workers show their cracks

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>> This is a man who makes pizza. This is Bruno, a robot who makes sure it gets cooked. And this is Julia, co-founder of Zoom Pizza, a Silicon Valley start up that's leading the charge in automated food service.>> Zoom is a company where pizza making robots and pizza making humans work collaboratively, we call it a cobot culture.
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And that allows for people to work on the things that are the highest and the best use of their talents and for the robots to take on some of the more repetitive boring task that are often involved in food preparation.>> It also allows humans to pay less for labor, a point that's getting more urgent as momentum swells to push the US minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than double of what federal law currently mandates with California leading the charge, and with restaurants, as a whole, employing more low wage workers than any other industry.
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But teching out has a serious financial trade offs. Zoom's robot work force which also include Pepe, who squirt sauce, cost $3 million to develop. Additional locations are projected to cost at least $1 million. To delivery only service having raise nearly $6 million from venture capitalist for its unique cobot culture.
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That's well beyond the roughly $300 thousand of cost to set up a new Domino's. The chain's CEO telling Reuter's he therefore won't be replicating Zoom's model anytime soon. Bots can also put restaurants in another tough spot says Reuter's reporter, Lisa Baertlein.>> When it comes to a fast-food kitchen, they're cramped, they're busy, and you have to think on your feet.
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And, robots just can't do that, they can stamp one thing out over and over again, they can make the Quiche exactly the same. But if you come in and have to do a burger without mayo, or a sandwich extra well, or something without a bun, that gets way more complicated.
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>> Meaning that until bots become less pricey and able to pile on extra pepperoni, you may have to wait a bit to see the likes of Bruno at a restaurant near you.