Flippy the burger bot shown the door
FIRED AFTER ONLY ONE DAY ON THE JOB. For those worried about robots and AI coming to steal our jobs, here’s a bit of good news. The burger-making robot Flippy didn’t quite click on his first day of work at CaliBurger. Before you punch the air with glee, we should probably mention that this isn’t because he did a bad job. No, this was because he did his job of flipping patties so well that his human coworkers couldn’t keep up. Flippy received his orders digitally, whereas the squishy humans around him relied on verbal communication to keep in touch with each other and sync their duties. This meant that Flippy was essentially isolated in his work — flipping his burgers and buns according to programming and orders — and everyone had to keep up with him, rather than work in sync with each other. While he might be off duty now, Flippy is expected to return to work after some adjustments are made... although, whether that’s to his speed or to the involvement of humans around him, we don’t know.