Robot Burgers in San Francisco

Robot Burgers in San Francisco

September 14, 2018

Try the new $6 burger. It’s made by a robot in the new Creator restaurant in San Francisco.

The robot uses over 350 sensors and 20 computers to make the customizable burger.  The restaurant is only open part-time at the moment, but plans to open full-time in September.  All of the ingredients are locally sourced.

Currently, four kinds of hamburgers are being made by the robot.  But in the future, customers will be able to control how much sauce and seasonings will be added by the robot.  Inherently, all of the sides are made by humans, and the ordering process is manual as well.


Video Spotlight: Robots Are Making Burgers in San Francisco


This post is based on the NPR article, Fad or the Future? Robot-Made Burgers Wow the Crowds in San Francisco, by Anna Mantzaris, August 24, 2018; and the YouTube video, World’s First Entirely Robotic Restaurant | Robots are Making Burgers in San Francisco, by Prep4School, June 23, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Palto.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why use a robot for making a hamburger?

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Coca Cola Using Reverse Vending Machines for Recycling

Coca Cola Using Reverse Vending Machines for Recycling

August 13, 2018

Coca-Cola is working hard to improve the recycling rate of its cans and bottles.

From July 1-6 at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, the company used reverse vending machines to offer incentives for recycling their products.  The reward was a 5 cent donations to the Special Olympics of Washington.

In the UK, a similar approach was used, but in that case, Coca Cola offered 50% off vouchers to all 30 Merlin attractions.


Video spotlightCan rewards for recycling prevent roadside littering?


This post is based on the Vending Times article, Coca-Cola Ramps up Recycling Efforts with Reverse Vending Machines, by Emily Jed, July 10, 2018; The Guardian article, UK Theme Parks to Offer Half-Price Entry in Exchange for Used Plastic Bottles, by Rebecca Smithers, July 25, 2018; and the YouTube video, Can rewards for recycling prevent roadside littering? by Hubbub Vlog, July 23, 2018. Image source: Getty Images/iStockphoto.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why use a reverse vending machine?

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