The news you are about to hear may shock and awe you, if in fact you are part of the workforce that takes part in making pizzas. For some time now, we have been receiving news of robotic cars delivering pizzas and robots taking orders. I guess we were all just waiting on the part of making pizzas to be taken over as well. Well, what you were expecting, now you are getting. The first ever pizzeria to get on this new way of being not only innovative, but also cost effective is Silicon Valley’s Zume Pizza. As New York Post shared, co-founder Alex Gordon said, “We’re going to eliminate boring, repetitive, dangerous jobs, and we’re going to free up people to do things that are higher value.” I truly believe that Alex’s intentions are in fact to give people better paying positions, but based on his statement, it seems as if making pizzas is a very low grade position from his perspective. I believe people do have a passion for pizza making, but maybe Mr. Gordon has a much better idea. It makes someone wonder how well educated they must become or be in order to work for Mr. Gordon. To further explain why this was the best choice for Silicon Valley’s Zume Pizza is that since there is not a high cost for labor, more money can be invested in using high quality ingredients, which I believe many pizza lover’s pallets will appreciate.
How does a robot make pizza you ask? Within the commercial kitchen in Mountain View, pizza dough goes down a conveyor belt where machines add the sauce, spread the sauce evenly and then later carefully add the uncooked pies into a pre-heated 800-degree oven. Also to add, there are other things in the restaurant experience that may become automated as well.
Message is clear with the way Silicon Valley’s Zume Pizza operates. People will not be replaced by robots entirely when it comes to making pizzas, but they will be in fact taken to better places where they are able to use their skills and other qualities that robots will never possess. As a worker, are you okay with that?
As possibly a restaurant owner, worker, or guest, would you be comfortable with robots involved in your restaurant experience?