Would you buy meat from a robot butcher?

…In Georgia, where poultry is the top agricultural product, accounting for about $20 billion in annual economic impact statewide, an automatic chicken deboner is a technological holy grail. Humans are inconsistent at performing repetitive tasks, which leads to waste and inefficiency, and every 1 percent loss of breast meat represents about $2.5 million to each of Georgia’s 20 poultry processing plants.

Lured by that juicy chicken money, researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute have developed what they’ve dubbed the Intelligent Cutting and Deboning System. “Each bird is unique in its size and shape,” says Gary McMurray, chief of GTRI’s Food Processing Technology Division, “so we have developed the sensing and actuation needed to allow an automated deboning system to adapt to the individual bird, as opposed to forcing the bird to conform to the machine.”

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  • The Butterfly

    Luckily there will always be a need for beautiful butterflies to model lingerie.

    • Well there’s that.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Don’t boobs make butterflies unable to fly, though? Or do they just making catching the butterflies with big ones easier?

  • Exile1981

    Another job being done by bots. Tell me again why we need foreign workers and refugees to do jobs that robots are taking over?

    • Many meat packing plants are staffed by Somalis etc. Where will they go?

      • Norman_In_New_York

        It wouldn’t be courteous for me to say.

      • Exile1981

        On Jihad? Look at the number of stabbings they have at the meat packing plant in Brooks.

      • Dana Garcia

        Cutting flesh into little pieces is a cultural value for Somalis. What a shame to disemploy them.

      • John

        Somalia one hopes.

      • ntt1

        Don’t forget the first machine to gut and behead salmon was known as the iron chink because of the Chinese fish plant workers it displaced . The displaced workers immediately sought jobs in real estate sales and driver training

    • The Butterfly

      They are needed to vote Democrat.

    • Yo Mama

      Without them, who will spit on our food to spread Hepatisis and other diseases to us kaffirs?

  • canminuteman

    Would I buy meat from a robot butcher? Sure, why not? And would we even know? And would anyone miss this kind of work. This is one of the jobs that is done almost exclusively by third world immigrants/TFWs/ illegal aliens. Anyone who has counting and reading skills can find a better way to make a living than this.

    • Very true, meat packers luv them there illegals.

    • Dana Garcia

      Meat processing once paid middle-class wages to blue-collar employees before immigrants were brought in by plant owners to work cheap.

      • canminuteman

        I buy almost all my meat from my local butcher. It’s a neighbourhood shop owned by a couple of brothers who employ their wives and children. They buy carcasses from the packers and then do the commercial cutting and processing. They make all their own sausages and pre marinated chicken and beef cuts. They make fantastic marinated beef short ribs. They have the finest cheese selection in the city. The selection is way better than any grocery store, and to add insult to injury their meat prices are probably cheaper. It really is a pleasure to do business there.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Around here, if I grilled it, I killed it.

          • canminuteman

            I’d like to but I’m never that successful when I hunt. The only time I have ever seen a moose while moose hunting it was a cow and we had a bull tag. I’ve seen lots of them while bird hunting…

  • Dana Garcia

    Perhaps it’s time for labeling laws: “This chicken was processed by robots.”

    Not that it would have much effect. The human worker is rapidly becoming obsolete.

    • Editor

      Check out the ingredients list on a lot of currently available chicken nuggets; most of them contain “mechanically deboned” chicken. Have for years.

      • Yo Mama

        I think that is a reference to mechanical barriers between the workers and food so the workers won’t bone the dead chickens like they do in their home countries.

        That’s is the difference between deboned versus boned chicken!

        • Justin St.Denis

          Thanks for the visuals! 😉

  • John

    At least you know the robot is sanitized regularly.

  • Spatchcocked

    I hope Halal approved robots will be provided for our more fastidious punctilious clientele….

  • Bataviawillem

    This is very old news, there bin Dutch chicken butchering machines around for at least 20 years if not longer.
    I have seen them in the late 90’s here in Ontario.