From briskly serving up noodles and delivering pizza to employing artificial intelligence robots in restaurants, robots seem to be the way of the future in the service industry when it comes to dishing out fast, efficient food.
Now, a group of engineering students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT have invented a completely automated mini-restaurant that delivers quick, fresh meals in a few minutes.
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Dubbed Spyce Kitchen, the all-in-one, completely automated kiosk features a refrigerator, stove-top, dishwasher and a robotic chef that can both cook and serve food.
Developed by Kale Rogers, Michael Farid, Braden Knight and Luke Schuelter, the invention won them the $10,000 "Eat it!"
Still, many fast food giants are examining the promise of cheaper, efficient labour through robots and AI-powered systems.
KFC, in partnership with Chinese search engine giant Baidu, just opened a new KFC restaurant run entirely by AI robots in Shanghai.