Robotic FuA-Men Fully Automated Ramen Restaurant

The FuA-Men - Fully Automated raMen restaruant in Nagoya, Japan features a chef and assistant - both fully autonomous robots. The robots perform all of the cooking tasks needed to make eighty bowls per day, serving the customers who come to their small shop.

Take a look at the FuA-men robotic chef video below.

(FuA-Men robotic chefs serve up ramen noodles)

"I don't feel any difference in taste between this ramen and one cooked by a human chef," Yoshikazu Yamada, a first-time customer, said after slurping his noodles and giving two thumbs up.

"The benefits of using robots as ramen chefs include the accuracy of timing in boiling noodles, precise movements in adding toppings and consistency in the taste and temperature of the soup," said Kenji Nagaya, president of local robot manufacturer Aisei.

SF readers have been hungry for news of robotic chefs running restaurants ever since Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote about automated restaurants in his 1912 novel A Princess of Mars. Anthony Boucher wrote about a robot chef in his 1943 short story Robinc.

Now we just need to add a robot busboy, as suggested by Philip K. Dick in his 1964 novel Lies, Inc..

See also this additional picture of the FA-men robotic chefs engaging in manzai play. This might be a good job for out-of-work robots; see Unemployed robots should seek work autonomously.

Read more about the FA-men restaurant at Nilab and Reuters.

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