Future of Food: The robots are coming

May 19, 2017

The future of food is technology, and the rise of robots is already here.

From coast to coast, robots are tossing salads, pouring cappuccinos and even handing customers McDonald’s orders at the drive-thru. Want a preview of what’s to come? At Tian Waike Restaurant in Kunshan, China, a fleet of robots cooks and serves food to customers — with some actual humans watching over.

Robots have the potential to radically change how food is prepared and presented to customers, and a consequence of this may be lost jobs. The restaurant industry employs 10 percent of all Americans, accounting for nearly