More Robots than Humans at Japanese Amusement Park

Published by , February 6, 2017 9:49 am

(FinancialTimes) A Japanese amusement park in Sasebo has created a restaurant with more robots than human workers. The experimental robotic chefs at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park are not just a gimmick to draw tourists. They are part of a project — funded with $265,000 in Japanese government money — designed to examine which kitchen and food processes should be automated and which left to humans.
One robot with arms prepares pancakes, while another makes cocktails or doughnuts in front of customers at the Dutch-themed resort. Ikki Nakahira, the Huis Ten Bosch manager who came up with the robot chef concept, says the automation technology is not advanced enough to operate the restaurant with robots alone, as was initially envisioned.

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