Robots could kill off jobs in the future — but at least they come bearing pizza.
Founded in 2015, Zume Pizza uses robotics and artificial intelligence to make pizza more quickly. Machines press mounds of dough, squirt and spread sauce, and lift pizzas in and out of the oven, in a fraction of the time it would take human workers to do the same.
Now SoftBank is in talks to invest up to $750 million in Zume, Bloomberg reports. The cash infusion could help ramp up the pizza delivery company’s side hustle, creating technology for other restaurants that want to get into the automated food truck game.
An increasing number of pizza eaters are ditching legacy brands like Domino’s and Pizza Hut for newer fast-casual and delivery chains. In 2016, Business Insider toured Zume’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, to see if the pizza is as good as its tech.
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This is no ordinary pizza. It was made by robots.
The concept of a robot-powered pizza delivery service came from friends and cofounders Julia Collins and Alex Garden, who wanted to make high-quality pizza more affordable.
Collins graduated from Stanford Business School, worked as an analyst under Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, and helped launch New York City fast-casual chain Mexicue. She knew pumping pies full of chemical adulterants wasn’t the answer — tech was.
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Source:: Business Insider