Food automation could make your food cheaper...
Eliminating roles like delivery drivers, servers, and cooks will make owning and operating a restaurant cheaper, particularly in the long run. These savings should trickle down to the customer. "Deliveries in automated vehicles will cost almost nothing for the customer, maybe a dollar. The prices of food on menus in automated restaurants should reflect this movement," Templeton said.
Of course, this is assuming that all restaurants will drop their prices along with their plummeting expenses -- and business owners in America have a reliable track record of not really caring about extra money, right? Right?! Perhaps some restaurants will include "robot maintenance fees" on every delivery check. If Mexican restaurants in the 21st century are charging for chips and salsa, any egregious fee is possible.
... and it will almost definitely make it safer
"Automated food monitoring will start to become commonplace as well. From making sure everything is cooked properly, to scanning for any contaminants. Plus, with efficient, automated delivery systems, food served in restaurants should be fresher. Restaurants are going to be able to make sure they don't waste any food, and that the food they have is always fresh and safe," Templeton added.
Does this mean robots will someday be able to "taste" food, to see if it's any good?
"Maybe in the far, far future they will be that advanced -- but not anytime soon," Templeton said, confirming that robots can guard our safety for now, but probably not detect a bunk-tasting slice of Buff chick pizza.