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Robots are poised to do a lot of the work that humans do now in the future and that’s obviously going to threaten jobs for tens of millions of people. One of the economy’s most popular unskilled jobs is manning the burger grills and now robots are here to take over that source of income from the humans as well. Flipps is a robot capable of flipping burgers and it has started working in a restaurant in Pasadena, Los Angeles.

Flippy relies on image recognition and heat sensing technology to ascertain which burgers need to be flipped and then it goes ahead and does that. It can handle up to 12 burgers at once.

The robot may have begun working in just one location in Pasadena, Los Angeles right now but it has been installed by California-based burger chain Caliburger. The chain plans on installing Flippy in 50 locations in the near future.

Each burger flipping robot costs $6,000 a piece and also costs $12,000 per year to operate. It’s meant to operate as an assistant initially but the technology behind it would evolve over time to get better at this fast food job. Sure, it can’t prepare the entire burger and hand off the finished product to the customer, but it’s only a matter of time before robots are capable of doing that as well.

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