Robots can now slice pizza

From Terence Chea at Phys.org:

“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

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