Making cars, it turns out, was only the first step in to the robot takeover. Now they're coming for our pizzas.
Zume Pizza, a Mountain View, California, start-up, uses robots to squirt out sauce, spread said sauce and then place the pie into the ovens. Humans are applying cheese and prepping and topping the pizzas — for now, anyway. Julia Collins, the co-founder and CEO of Zume is already looking for a robot that can press and spread the dough and another robot that can add the cheese and toppings. So if you know any out-of-work robots with restaurant experience...
Humans aren't completely out of the business just yet. Someone has to deliver the pizzas, after all, and for now that's still a human's job. But Zume is even shaking up the delivery process, too. Instead of pizzas being fully baked and placed in a cardboard box which is then stored in an insulated (but never seemingly insulated enough) pizza bag until it arrives at your door, Zume does a partial bake of your ordered pie in the store. Then, the pie is loaded into a delivery truck-sized vehicle that carries 56 small ovens that continue baking pizza, turning off just as the truck arrives at the destination to deliver a piping-hot pizza.
To make the whole process even more efficient, Zume orders are placed via an app. Using data crunched from its customers' orders, Zume pre-prepares pizzas and has them ready to go just in time for football or a night of staying in and bingeing on Netflix. Basically, Zume and its robot pizza-makers know when you want a pizza before you've even picked up your phone.