Would you like fries with that, puny human?
Don't laugh, it is a question you might be hearing more of in the near future as more and more industries mull over replacing their workstaff with robots. And it isn't in the far future either. It's already happening.
Every time I walk into a Walmart or a Wegmans I see automated registers. I use them too. Gear Live recently looked at how the modern consumer would prefer to use an app rather than speaking with sales representatives. And a San Francisco company (Momentum Machines) invented an automated burger maker.
According to an Oxford University study, there is a 92 percent chance that fast food jobs will be done by machines within two decades.
When I head news like this, I start preparing my bug-out-bag because robots and apocalypse seem to fit together all to often. But it isn't as grim as it could be if you ask the folks over at CNN. According to them, mechanization of services will only knock a maximum of 10 percent off the workforce.
Wait, 10 percent? Isn't that about one and a half times the current unemployment number? As in the current recession?
Maybe we should have learned something from Terminator. I'll rest easy knowing I have a few decades until a drone with a sorting algorithm can perform field reporting.
The Krups ZB500E52 Infinity Slow Juicer is all about choice. Do you want some juice, or some sort of delicious breakfast cocktail? No problem. Oh, a smoothie is more along the lines of what you're feeling? Or maybe a sauce? It can handle that, too. You see, the Infinity Slow Juicer boasts two separate stainless steel baskets--one fine mesh for juice, and one with a more coarse grid for thicker smoothies and sauces. The motor is said to be near silent as well, so you can throw together your superfood beverage early in the morning without worry of waking the kids.
You can pick up the Krups Infinity Slow Juicer on Amazon for $279.
Amazingly, Pizza Hut has announced that it's sold $1 million worth of pizzas through its Xbox 360 app in just the first four months of the app's availability. The app allows Xbox 360 users to place orders for some cheesy goodness right from their game consoles, ensuring that they wouldn't have to pick up the phone and talk to another human being to conduct the transaction.
"It's been a source of unbelievable growth for us," Pizza Hut PR head Doug Terfehr told Polygon. "Just the explosion of people who wanted to download it, experiment with it, play with it with Kinect. As soon as we did one, everyone was contacting us to do the next [one]."
Earlier this month, Pizza hut celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first online pizza order, which took place in 1994 on Pizza Hut PizzaNet. Believe it or not, the large pepperoni, muchroom, extra-cheese pizza was the first item ever ordered online--not just for pizza, but anything. Pretty crazy.
It's the holiday season, and we know that sometimes you want to relax with a warm drink. That's why we're adding the Kinto Pengy Teapot Mug to our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. It's a small teapot imported from Japan that is more than meets the eye. You see, the Kinto Pengy doesn't just make tea; you can remove the strainer and then use it as a mug. The lid becomes a handy place to hold your used tea leaves after brewing while you sit back and relax.
You can pick up the Kinto Pengy Teapot Mug now from Amazon for $43.
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You know how kids love playing with straws, right? Our next 2013 Holiday Gift Guide entry encourages it. The Strawz Constructible Drinking Straw kit takes it to the next level. You'll blow the minds of your kids, as the set lets them drink from multiple glasses at the same time. They're durable too, and can be taken apart and reshaped by your junior scientists again and again.
You can pick up the Strawz Constructible Kit now from Amazon for $11.95.
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We love finding quirky, cool things that are worthy of being featured in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, and the Aquafarm certainly fits the bill. You get a pet and some healthy food, all at the same time. You don't even have to clean up after it! Thanks to
magic aquaponics, the plants use the fish waste as food, keeping the water clean. Impressive, right?
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Techies seem to love tea, and this Death Star tea infuser bring both of those worlds together in a delicious way, so we're featuring it in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Made of stainless steel, this tea infuser is molded to resemble Darth Vader's Death Star. Just put some loose leaf tea in there and steep it in your favorite mug. It's dishwasher-safe and available from ThinkGeek for $19.99.
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The Vinamor wine aerator, the concept of Gary DeJohn, was featured on ABC's Shark Tank with an impressive demo that showcased just how well the product can bring out all the flavors of a just-opened bottle of wine. The Vinamor has a stainless steel filter and a glass sphere that work together to aerate your wine. It sits atop your wine glass, and as you pour wine through the filter, it's exposed to the large surface area of the glass sphere, which in turn softens tannins and brings out flavor while the filter catches and sediment that may be present. Or, at least, that's the promise. How well does the $40 Vinamor actually perform? Join us in our full Vinamor review for our thoughts.
How's this for a unique 2011 Holiday Gift Guide entry? They're lightsabers, they're chopsticks, and they'll change the way you experience your favorite Asian foods. Grab these Japanese imports from ThinkGeek and deftly maneuver your food with the power of the Force. We're not sure if you know this, but Yoda has been known to carve his Thanksgiving turkey using his lightsaber.
Go forth, brave Jedi warriors, and use your chop sabers to mix just a little extra wasabi into your soy sauce. You can handle it. It is a known fact that eating sushi with chop sabers vastly strengthens your ability to ingest horseradish products. (By the way, did you know that researchers are trying to make a smoke alarm for the deaf using wasabi vapors? We're debating whether it would be more annoying to wake up to the sound of a fire alarm or the punch in the nose that only wasabi brings. What do you think?) Either way, wield your weapons and ready the way for a truly epic eating experience. You can get a pair of Chop Sabers for $9.99 (a 23% discount!)
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According to the Japanese branch of Domino's Pizza, the company says it will have a branch affiliate on the moon at an undetermined time in the future.
"We started thinking about this project last year, although we have not yet determined when the restaurant might open," said Tomohide Matsunaga, a spokesman for Domino's in Japan.
"In the future, we anticipate there will be many people living on the moon, astronauts who are working there and, in the future, citizens of the moon."