Robots take over the kitchen

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Today, there is a strong polarization in cooking habits that will expand in the future. Millennials is a well-known generation of takeaways, food delivery, and eating on the go. But, at the same time, if they actually cook, they choose complex recipes. AI and various innovative appliances are able to cater the controversial needs of this diverged cooking perceptions. With robotics on its rise, it will be possible to cook 5-star Michelin dishes in the small-home kitchen where every meal brings joy and changes attitude towards cooking.

Cooking complex
dishes at home

Technology changes people cooking behavior. 59% of Millennials take their tablets or smartphones to the kitchen, and voice command is one of the most popular features. Plated, cooking project, embraced the beauty of smart-tech, globalization trend, multiculturalism, and cultural preferences. The purpose of the website is to share complex recipes with regular cookers whereas each dish has a story, and dining becomes a pleasant moment of life. Shopping for ingredients and cooking are still time-consuming processes. This development triggers new platforms that partly resolve the time-issue and encourage healthy dieting. Individuals, who were cooking at home three and six times a week, had 67/100 and 74/100 Eating Index respectively. With delivery and easy-to-read recipes, home cooking will soon be on the rise, and people will devote more time to their families and beloved ones instead of spending time in the restaurants and having food on the go.

AI for busy people

In 2018, Moley took home cooking to the next level – the company introduced fully-automated robot that had infinite access to the internationally inspired recipes. With this innovation, culinary masterpieces by Thomas Keller and Gordan Ramsay could be prepared in practically every kitchen. Apart from cooking, this innovative robotic device cleans place after food preparation decreasing time-spent on monotonous tasks. Millennials prioritize convenience, and 62% were found to be purchasing fast or deli food and spend the least time on meal preparation and cleaning. Moley addresses this problem and enables everyone to embrace the deliciousness of home cooking without the need to spend time on the actual process. Robotics open a door for the world population to the era of healthy nutritional habits with AI as its driving force.

 

Another unique feature of Moley is the potential future possibility to share and save recipes, and each person, amateur or chef, can access, purchase, and sell their cooking innovations in the “digital style library of recipes”. Thus, according to NDP Group research in 2015, only 45% of 18-24 years old and 64% of 25-34 years old consider themselves “good cooks”. With Moley at hand, there is no need to have exceptional cooking skills. Robotics and AI make any cooking dreams come true creating open-source culinary culture where everyone can reflect a part of their household custom or preference in the recipe.

Robotics for unique
restaurant experience

Innovative technology not only affects home cooking but also ought to replace chefs and waiters in the restaurant industry. Spyce café recently opened in Boston uses robots from the start to create a fully unique dining experience to be before only to be seen in the futuristic movie. The interaction begins by creating customized bowls using touch screens – a person has a chance to choose between Latin, Thai and other options. Robots are almost in full control of the food preparation and service, but people are still hired and add a final touch to the meals. With a new motto, “culinary excellence elevated by technology”, Spyce intensifies competition for the restaurants in the neighborhood with customized meals, robo-chefs, and healthy offerings with the calorie count. Techno-robotic experience is on the upswing developing a truly novel approach and facilitating new dining for customers with robotic employees as cooking experts.

The future of
cuisine industry

Self-service ordering machines now become common across the globe. According to McKinsey research, the restaurant industry will soon to be automatic with 73% of routine food service activities to be substituted by robotic alternatives. With tech developments, technology becomes cheaper giving robot cooks a right to be adopted in the upcoming years. According to 2014 Pew Survey, robot servants and chefs will be popular in 2025 whereas “domestic” robots will experience an upsurge in sales up to 31 million units by 2019 with $13.2 billion in revenue. IFR forecasted that the overall sales of robots will increase up to 333,200 units with the expected value of $23.1 billion in 2019 making the actual widespread robo-chefs a possible image of the restaurant business. Unique consumer and techy experience is the potential outcome of this tendency, but it poses other questions and difficulties. Robots will replace numerous people in their positions, and workers of the fast-food segment already went on riot after hearing this news. The question is how to find balance and not create labor excess causing high unemployment rates?

Article’s image courtesy of Moley Robotics (www.moley.com) and Mark Oleynik, the inventor of Moley Robotic Kitchen.

Insight Box

Cooking trends are polarized whereas technology and innovative devices cater a diversity needs of this times. Moley and Plated help people embrace the beauty of cooking, spend less time on routine tasks, and contribute to the development of open-source cuisine culture. Whereas Spyce revolutionizes the concepts and working principles of restaurant business giving a kick-off to robots as chefs and providing an exceptional customized experience to tech-lovers and food-enthusiasts. Thus, this change has to be considered at the global level, as adopting robots will decrease the number of open positions for regular people. Finding an equilibrium on the labor market becomes critical.

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