A startup company in Silicon Valley called Chowbotics created a robot named “Sally the Salad Robot” hoping to reduce the risk of food borne illness by making salads out of pre cut vegetables stored in refrigerated canisters. Orders will be taken by a touchscreen where the robot will then calculate the number of calories per salad and will drop the vegetables into a bowl in less than a minute so that there will be less human contact with food.
Inventor of the robot, Deepak Sekar has faced numerous amount of questions on whether the robot will put people out of jobs. He claims that workers at salad bars could restock the robot which could hold enough ingredients for 50 salads before it needs to be refilled. Restaurants can still continue with their usual food preparation procedures such as having workers buy and chop up the vegetables.
Robot induced employment has been a growing concern and a new case was suggested to tax companies who do own robots which will then lead to the delay of implementation and can provide some money to retrain people whose jobs are lost. Over the next 10 to 15 years, 50% of jobs are expected to disappear in the U.S. Adding one robot for every 1,000 workers has led to unemployment for up to six workers and has caused a decrease in wages by up to 0.5%.
Right now, the salad robot is being tested in some offices, labs, cafes, and restaurants in some California cities. It will begin fulfilling orders for 10 robots priced at $41,000 each.