Robots can now slice pizza

From Terence Chea at

“We’re going to eliminate boring, repetitive, dangerous jobs, and we’re going to free up people to do things that are higher value,” said co-founder Alex Garden, a former Microsoft manager and president of mobile game maker Zynga Studios.

Inside its commercial kitchen in Mountain View, pizza dough travels down a conveyer belt where machines add the sauce, spread it and later carefully slide the uncooked pies into an 800-degree oven.

The startup will soon add robots to prep the dough, add cheese and toppings, take pizzas out of the oven, cut them into slices and box them for delivery. More.

Reality check: Warning: Valley blather.

People can only be “freed up” to do jobs of “higher value” if they have the education and incentive to do them.

A person can cut pizza into four or eight slices without much math training but if that person does not know where the decimal point should be, they should not be giving out medications in a health care facility.

Can we talk honestly about the post-employment society for once? Where there will be lots of people that no one really needs to do much of anything?

See also: 1400 Washington DC jobs lost to escalating minimum wage hike

  • And they can do it cheaper and faster too!

    • The Butterfly

      With less hair and spit.

  • dukestreet

    I remember a WLU proff who talked about how society would become a utopia because robotics would make it possible for those who wanted to not work to do whatever they wanted while those who wanted to work could do so. I asked him where he expected all the money to come from to do this, but he couldn’t answer that critical question. The way I see it, welfare has already created that society and we know it’s not the one we want to live in.

  • ismiselemeas

    Completely looking forward to it. No shitty attitude, no language confusion, no nose hair, no body odour.