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A Robot’s Nightmare Is a Burrito Full of Guac

A Robot’s Nightmare Is a Burrito Full of Guac

[ad_1] Welcome to the future: A robot can now prepare your favorite Chipotle order. Just as long as you don’t want a burrito, taco, or quesadilla. The robot cannot handle those. Your order must be a burrito bowl or salad, and it must be placed online. Then and only then—and once the robot makes it out of testing at the Chipotle Cultivate Center in Irvine, California—your queso-covered barbacoa bowl might soon be assembled by the chain’s new “automated digital makeline.” Announced on Tuesday, the result of a collaboration between Chipotle and the automation company Hyphen looks like a standard stainless-steel Chipotle counter, burrito components arrayed on top. But inside, just above knee level, is a robotic assembly line that can prepare to-go bowls and salads from start to finish. A video from Chipotle shows a bowl pivoting through the machine, positioning itself below specified ingredients. White rice tumbles in, some grains scattering about. Later, a cascade of corn. At the end, a bowl ascends from the machine, complete, as an employee folds a burrito and …