Would you eat a pizza made by robots?
Would you eat a pizza made by robots? In this Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 photo, a robot places a pizza into an oven at Zume Pizza in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Would you eat a pizza made by robots?
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Did robots help make your pizza?
 
If you ordered it from Silicon Valley's Zume Pizza, the answer is yes.
 
The California startup, which began delivery in April, is using intelligent machines to grab a slice of the multibillion-dollar pizza delivery market.
 
Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots.
 
"We're going to eliminate boring, repetitive, dangerous jobs, and we're going to free up people to do things that are higher value," said co-founder Alex Garden, a former Microsoft manager and president of mobile game maker Zynga Studios.
 
Inside its commercial kitchen in Mountain View, pizza dough travels down a conveyer belt where machines add the sauce, spread it and carefully slide the uncooked pies into an 800-degree oven.
 
The startup will soon add robots to prep the dough, add cheese and toppings, take pizzas out of the oven, cut them into slices and box them for delivery.
 
"We automate those repetitive tasks, so that we can spend more money on higher quality ingredients," said Julia Collins, Zume's CEO and cofounder. "There will always be a model here at Zume where robots and humans work together to create delicious food."
 
In Silicon Valley and beyond, tech startups are building robots to help reduce labor costs, speed production and improve safety in the restaurant industry.
 
San Francisco-based Momentum Machines is building robots to make gourmet hamburgers. BistroBot, another San Francisco startup, has designed a machine that makes sandwiches while customers watch.
 
"We're trying to automate some of the stations you might find in restaurants," said co-founder Jay Reppert. "It's quicker, it's cheaper, it's more consistent and it's this really fun experience to share with people."
 
Robots may be able to produce simple foods such as pizza, burgers and sandwiches, but they won't be taking over restaurants anytime soon because they still struggle with irregular tasks that require fine motor skills, judgment and taste, said Ken Goldberg, who directs the University of California, Berkeley's Automation Lab.
 
"There are so many jobs in food service that are so complex that it will be a very long time before we have robots doing them," Goldberg said. "I want to reassure restaurant workers that the skills they have are still going to be of value."
 
Zume's founders say the company doesn't plan to eliminate any of its roughly 50 employees, but move them into new jobs as robots take over more kitchen work and the company opens new locations.
 
"There's way more work than there's people," Garden said.
 
Zume also wants to bring innovation to pizza delivery. This fall, the startup plans to deploy trucks equipped with 56 ovens that can bake pizzas en route to customers, allowing them to deliver dozens of orders before returning to the kitchen.
 
The company is trying to shorten delivery times with software to anticipate when and what kind of pizzas customers will order.
 
Charity Suzuki regularly uses the Zume mobile app to order pizza. She isn't bothered by the robot cooks.
 
"It's delicious. It's always hot and fresh when it comes," Suzuki said. "I can't tell the difference that it's made by a robot versus a human."

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COMMENTS (19)
  • kaileew-ste
    9/27/2016 - 01:29 p.m.

    Silicon Valley's Zume Pizza has robots that make their pizza. They are one of the many locations trying to bring in software and robotics to the restaurant world. Zume is also planning on making a delivery van with 56 ovens that are ready to make pizzas on the road.

  • jacklynt-ste
    9/29/2016 - 01:31 p.m.

    I would not buy a pizza made by robots. If the pizza is completely made by robots, how clean would the robot be from pizza to pizza? If someone would have an allergy from a certain topping, and the robot is not cleaned in between pizzas, someone could have a reaction.

  • irisp-ste
    10/03/2016 - 09:25 a.m.

    Shortening delivery times will satisfy and impress customers much more by having the pizza shortly after they order it. This will also keep the pizza hot and fresh instead of sitting in a cold car for quite some time. Speedier delivery times will boost the company serving pizza and make consumers want to use their fast business to get food.

  • andrewyamada-dia
    10/05/2016 - 10:36 a.m.

    I think it's kinda lazy to do this, real people have been making pizza for years and years. I find it interesting but I don't think it's necessary. But yes it is a cool idea.

  • zakrym-ste
    10/06/2016 - 01:10 p.m.

    yeah i would. i think it would be cleaner. there would be no chance of hair in it. lol

  • dominicm-lam
    10/28/2016 - 01:39 p.m.

    This just goes to show that even though the pizza might taste good it might just have been made by the technology that will eventually take your job. This is a good and a bad thing. pros to this is that more tech jobs will open up, these jobs being better paying and sound cool. while these robots will take out the creativity the pizza will never be different it will be made just like the last one and the one before that.

  • tesss-lam
    10/28/2016 - 02:31 p.m.

    The idea of having robots cook food absolutely fascinates me. I think that it is extremely clever of engineers and scientists to invent robots that are capable of functioning in a similar way that humans do. I don't like the fact that it will eliminate some simple jobs, but it does provide opportunity for people to have a higher skilled and higher paying job.

  • johannaw-cel
    11/07/2016 - 10:09 a.m.

    Pizza at the Silicon Valley's "Zume Pizza" is made by robots. Alex Garden said that they are going to eliminate boring, repetitive, dangerous jobs and that they are going to free up people to do things that are higher value. The machines add the sauce, spread it and slide the pies into an oven. Soon they will also add robots to do the dough, add cheese and toppings, take pizzas out of the oven, cut them into slices and box them for delivery. In my opinion it is really fascinating how much machines can do and what fast progress technique does. Julia Collins, Zume's CEO and co founder, said that they have so many machines so that they can spend more money for better ingredients. This is in my opinion really good, but it is though really strange to eat pizza made by robots.

  • bryanf3-sch
    1/19/2017 - 01:45 p.m.

    Do you think this is a healthy pursuit? Why or why not? In the article "Would you eat a pizza made by a robot?",I realized that this is not a healthy pursuit. Why? Because pizza has too many calories and is damaging to the human body. Do you think this activity contributes to the happiness of those who partake in it? Why or why not? I believe it does contribute to the happiness of people. In the text it says,"We're going to eliminate boring, repetitive, dangerous jobs, and we're going to free up people to do things that are higher value," said co-founder Alex Garden. If one is to get rid of "dangerous jobs", it would definitely contribute to happiness.

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