In the recent post Let's make every weekend a three day weekend I noted that pretty soon robots will be doing all the work anyway so we might as well spread the few jobs that are left around by working 4 days a week instead of 5. No job is safe these days; even hamburger flipping is being automated. But making sushi- that requires skill, serious hand-eye coordination, and some talent, right?
Maybe not. Kawasaki has introduced a robot that appears to do a pretty good job of it. And as for sushi being an art, as was shown in that great movie, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Andrew Liszewski of Gizmodo points out that there is sushi, and there is sushi.
Is it time for Jiro to finally retire? Not quite yet. These robots appear to be simply assembling the sushi components. And wasabi from a tube? Jiro would never stand for that at Sukiyabashi Jiro. But it’s a start, and one day you might have an appliance in your kitchen that makes Michelin three-star sushi, instead of you having to settle for grocery store sushi because you’re too tired to cook.
Note to prospective commenters: TreeHugger does not recommend sushi made from fish or seafood as being sustainable. We are talking about the robot and its impact, not what it is making.
See also on MNN how robots make hamburgers.