New KFC Restaurant Is Run Entirely By Robots

Tyler Durden's picture

First McDonalds, then Wendy's, soon Carl's Jr., and now KFC. The minimum-wage-driven automation of the lower-end of the workforce is accelerating...

Submitted by Nick Bernabe via,

Colonel Sanders is raising a robot army to serve fried chicken at a restaurant near you. KFC’s first automated restaurant, called Original+, went live in Shanghai on April 25th, complete with an artificially intelligent robot manager named “Du Mi” who works at the front counter.

According to Chinese news outlet Sohu, “‘Du Mi’ marks the first commercial use of artificial intelligence in the fast food industry. The artificial intelligence robot was launched by China’s leading web services company Baidu during its World Conference in 2015.”

(Interior view of the KFC store in Shanghai...doesn't look much like the local KFC here)

KFC hopes that the hip new automated restaurant will attract young customers with its free wireless phone charging stations and human-less eating experience.


But it’s not just KFC, and it’s not just China where automation, robots, and artificial intelligence is taking the place of human workers. If and when these automated restaurants gain traction in places like China, they are sure to be implemented in the U.S., as well. In fact, they already are — though to a lesser extent, for now. McDonald’s and other food chains are experimenting with digital kiosks similar to the self-checkout machines already found in many grocery stores.


KFC’s Original+ kiosk.

In fact, as we covered recently at Anti-Media, automation is set to replace human jobs across broad sectors of the U.S. and world economies:

“[T]he Bank of England is preparing for automation to shed 80 million American jobs and 15 million British jobs within the next 10 to 20 years. This is approximately 50% of the U.S. and British workforce. Forbes has put the number at 45%.”

The ongoing debate surrounding robots, A.I., and automation displacing human workers is a delicate yet very important one. Many experts, including Stephen Hawking, have warned of the dangers of monopolistic artificial intelligence while others believe with the right direction from people, robots and technology can liberate humanity from manual labor.

The inevitable automation of the world’s economy will reshape society as we know it. Minimum wages will no longer protect workers as employers shift to using robots who will never ask for breaks, pay, raises, or healthcare. Worker unions may essentially be rendered useless. Militaries will eventually no longer need humans to fight wars. Additionally, Uber, Lyft, taxi and limousine drivers, and other driving jobs could soon be replaced by self-driving cars as automation also changes the way we think about transportation altogether.

Automation is loved, feared, and hated by many, but only time will tell how it will change our lives — for better or worse.

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abyssinian's picture

I bet these robots will give me the right change and won't protest for mimium wages! 

FreeShitter's picture

or talk ebonics and fuck up your order...

Looney's picture

an artificially intelligent robot manager named “Du Mi”

It is pronounced “Do Me”, as in “Do me ones, shame on you. Do me twice - me like it!.”  ;-)


Perimetr's picture

US outlets will have anatomically correct robots,
Also named "Do Me"

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santafe (not verified) Perimetr May 14, 2016 8:04 PM

Stephen Hawking? An expert? In What? Stupid theories? Geez.

knukles's picture

Stephen Hawking's an asshole

Billy the Poet's picture




Well, the Captain said to John Henry
"I'm gonna bring my steam drill around
Gonna bring my steam drill out on the job
Gonna whup that steel on down, down, down
Whup that steel on down"

John Henry said to the Captain
(What he say?)
"You can bring your steam drill around
You can bring your steam drill out on the job
I'll beat your steam drill down, down, down
Beat your steam drill down"

Stackers's picture

Japan is showing the future ...... Vending machines ......... you can literally buy ANYTHING and EVERYTHING out of street vending machines in Japan

Troll Magnet's picture

Replace all government employees with robots. I bet it'll be 100x more efficient.

Escrava Isaura's picture



You can all rest assure that a KFC like the one pictured above will never leave Hong Kong.


Never One Roach's picture

They'd be ripped out of the wall and sold for scrap in LA when the Thug realize he can't shoot them.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Troll Magnet May 14, 2016 9:30 PM

"Replace all government employees with robots."

Then sneak in and turn them all off.  PARADISE!!!!

Troll Magnet's picture

well, we're gonna need to me think about this and I'll get back to you in a few months.

Zero Point's picture

How about the guy that sits by the gate at the local dump? He sometimes finds cool stuff and gives it to me. I reckon we can keep him on.

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Zero Point May 15, 2016 1:00 PM

My local gubmint dump has made that ILLEGAL.  Now he sits there to make sure that you don't take anything that someone is sending to fill up the landfill decaying over decades/centuries.  Can't be having people use that stuff instead.

When I was a kid my Dad would pick up a few nice, in need of minor repair, sleds at the dump.  Central Planning has now BANNED that practice...


Raging Debate's picture

Nah, they will then just have one .gov worker break the robot and another fix it the next day. 

 The Du Mi name reminds me of the two Japanese twins in Goldmember named Fook Mi and Fook Yu. 

HowardBeale's picture

First bought a bottle of whiskey out of a vending machine in Tokyo in 1992! Good mornng to those of you who have been asleep for the last quarter century...



JackT's picture

These robots still won't give you everything you've ordered.

Cruel Aid's picture

i want to see em bread the chicken, fry it, sort it and clean the fryers. then you have a place i might go. Actually original recipe is something i need once or twice a year.

So far all i hear is that they take your order. Big deal we all know how to use a keyboard and card reader. Could have been a decade ago.

rejected's picture

Yes, and their economy is doing soooooo well too!

hxc's picture

What an argument for QE! Automation becomes less pricey over the long term as compared to a natural interest rate environment (thus decreasing the workforce at a rate out-of-line with real long-term capital constraints) then they can just mail the newly-created masses of unskilled/unemployed drones to fart, watch "reality" tv, and take their monthly direct-deposited "free" "money" to their local x, y, and z businesses... which are, of course, slowly and completely strangled, manipulated, and ultimately controlled by these savage totalitarian pricks themselves.


Fuck you

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knukles's picture

Hell we got Cal State grads who think Bill Nye The Science Guy is a genius out here.
Indoctrinated folks believe some odd stuff.
BTW, Bill Nye has a BS in mechanical engineering and took a course from Carl Sagan once.

I saw that, nink!

Normalcy Bias's picture

It's almost like some clueless dick creating a movie about 'Inconvenient Truths' and stuff...

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Normalcy Bias May 14, 2016 9:30 PM

Shit. Algore's on here down voting you...

Get a JOB, Algore.

Cruel Aid's picture

Wouldnt doubt it, I read earth in the balance. got it at garage sale or no deal.... what a waste of time. Chicken little bullshit w no basis.

Yen Cross's picture

  Carl Sagan is Paul Krugmans, inbred step-sisters love child from Woody Allen. [ In the Steven Hawkings dementia]

TVP's picture

" Hell we got Cal State grads who think Bill Nye The Science Guy is a genius out here. "


+1 For the funniest thing I've read all year by far.  Why?  I had a few Cal State graduate friends who, over a few beers one night, proclaimed that "all this GMO stuff is really not so bad, Bill Nye The Science Guy said so".  I wish I was joking here, but I'm not.  The only majors teaching people critical thinking are philosophy, law, communication, maybe a few more.  The most useless degrees in the job market have the most useful aspects of learning logic & critical thinking.  So if you can work, you can't think.  Think - and you can't work.  We will all have to become entrepreneurs in one way or another, once automation eliminates all jobs of labor - if your job CAN be outsourced or automated, it WILL be one day.  And yes that's a great thing long-term, because humans were born to work for themselves, with their minds and creativity, and not be so fucking insufferable working at a job they hate.  For some of us, this has already happened.  No robots required...just free trade, open borders, excessive taxation/regulation.  

Yen Cross's picture

  You couldn't be more direct and accurate Knuks.  We've got a case of  " wheel chair " EGOisms.

 Don't forget the next time you see the proctologist, as he slides that probe up your ass, that you're just a hologram imprint on the other side of a " black Hole".

shovelhead's picture

I'll take Knuckles for best 2 out of 3.

No fish hooking or eye gouging.'s picture

Seems like you prefer Einstein "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe!". But then again it is not possible to to argue with people who do not understand the basics of physics, but believe in a magic. Physics that have an actual use by engineers who build the world in which we live, that allow this post to be typed via keyboard and read accross the globe (or should I say the flat earth). The big bang theory is just a theory based on extremely sound daily observations. No one is saying that this is how it happened, but what it is is the best explanation up to this point. The daily observation by the way is that the light sent by stars to earth is changing slightly each day towards lower frequency radiation (enough for us to observe) which based on the Doppler effect means that the stars in the universe are moving away from us, but also from a single point in the universe. If everything is moving away from one spot, the logic says that it had to be closer at some point. Hence the big bang theory from observations that can be checked every single day. Unlike turning water into wine, water into blood, etc.

BTW the doppler effect is the effect in which the wave gets longer when distance is increasing. E.g. throwing a ball from the same position towards a slowly moving truck will cause it's bounce travel to be longer every throw. Same works for any radiation/wave, including sound and light.

Curiously_Crazy's picture

"Hence the big bang theory from observations that can be checked every single day."

But they still make shit up to make the models work. Look into 'dark matter'.  "Oh well fellas the fact is we have all these theories but to make them work we're missing a variable... I know.. lets call it dark matter and we'll suss out the rest later"

OverTheHedge's picture

Back in the day, when I did maths, if I produced a solution which suggested 80% was missing, I would check my work.

Imagine saying to a client, "of course, 80% of your pension income will come from invisible sources, so don't worry..."

Oh, hang on..........

CNONC's picture

Thanks for the explanation of the Doppler effect.  I doubt anyone on this forum did not already know that.  It seems you are so deeply steeped in scientific rationalism that you fail to account for its limitations.  I, too, rely on rational observation and reason to accomplish my job.  I am damn good at it.  But I recognize that I interact with the physical world only indirectly, and that all of my knowledge is derived from and relevant to a model which I have constructed.  That model is accurate and useful on a day to day basis, but I do not pretend that it is an accurate representation of anything real or permanent.  That is, I am careful not to reify my model.  You are confident in your rationalism because it is confirmed by your observations.  Be certain, however, that you understand all the real world implications of the "observation" part of your belief system before you presume yourself to be intellectually superior to people who recognize the inherent limitations of human rationalism.'s picture

I completely agree, it's just that santafe's link through me off. Go, read it. And than tell me again how everyone on ZH knows what doppler effect is.

CNONC's picture

Ah!  I failed to notice the original post was from our biblicism institute enthusiast.  I am always open to challenges to prevailing wisdom, but the biblicism institute strains even my tolerance for dissent.  Kind of like Zero Hedge sometimes. (but I do love Zero Hedge)

Hobbleknee's picture

Someone posted a pretty convincing link claiming the Hawking already died and was replaced by a shill.

Four chan's picture

its good because blacks wont be able to assault humans over chicken disputes. tnb event

Eyeroller's picture

.... or spit in the food.

duo's picture

I don't want people that handle money handling food.  The cashiers I see at various fast food places must go through 200 plastic gloves a day.  They take them off to handle money, then put them on to handle food, over and over again.  Wasteful and stupid.

Golden Phoenix's picture

Because building industrial robots is so much more 'green' than a human wearing gloves. Stupid ecofaggots.

Occident Mortal's picture

People who work shitty jobs are the primary source of demand in the economy.

If 80million jobs are lost then those not replaced by robots will find demand for their services severely diminished.

Automation has no economic benefit when everyone employs it.

willwork4food's picture

Had to DV you on that last statement dude. Automation has no economic benefit?? Are you serious?

Those with more than two brain cells still working will realize they need to go to school/trade school to know how to repair and maintain these machines. Higher pay, higher respect and much needed work in the future. I knew one guy years ago that only repair the company's vending machines that broke. He was a God in the company and made a lot more $$ than us serfs.

quikwit's picture

Repair and maintenance tasks can also be automated.  Service robots that maintain the "worker" robots and each other.

Curiously_Crazy's picture

It doesn't scale like that.

Just like a modern car needs servicing only once every 20,000kms or so (don't believe what they suggest in the service manual) service robots will need fuck all servicing. They will require some, sure.. but to suggest there is a new industry popping up just to service them to replace the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost is just wrong. It doesn't work that way.

StychoKiller's picture

As a former metal bot, I can only say:  Bwahahahahaha!

south40_dreams's picture

And trolls and stupid posters on social media websites can also be automated.  You may be the only human in here....