A robotic waitress delivers a pizza at a restaurant in Pakistan .

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Robots has previously complete a wide variety of tasks for their human overlords, but they are unable to soon be about to conquer the final frontier: construction pizzas.

As first reported by ZDNet, Little Caesars has received a new patent for an “automated pizza assembly system, ” or what is essentially a robot that induces pizza.

The patent describes it as “a robot including a stationary base and an articulating arm having a gripper attached to the end is operable to clutch a pizza pan having pizza dough therein.”

Little Caesars’ patented robot from the side.

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The robot will then rotate the pizza pan through “the cheese spreading station” and the “pepperoni utilizing station.” The patent claims that the robot and its stations will “properly distribute the cheese and pepperoni on the pizza.”

This patent isn’t all that surprising, when you consider how quickly the entire fast-food industry has moved toward automation. Establishments like McDonalds and Wal-Mart already have robots heavily involved in their most basic procedures. Even the smaller burger chain CaliBurger has a burger-flipping robot of its own, though it’s currently on unpaid leave. It’s worth noting that CaliBurger’s robot worker also requires humans to prepare buns and place patties on its grill.

This new Little Caesars’ patent doesn’t inevitably entail a pizza-making robot is coming to your neighborhood anytime soon, or even that it will come at all. Still, it’s an exciting sign for anyone who dislikes to cook, but loves to eat pizza. Its widespread utilize could mean a more efficient kitchen, and free up day for employees to focus on customer services — plus maybe it will lower the cost of making an already dirt-cheap$ 5 hot-and-ready pizza.

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Flippy the burger-flipping robot is already on break one day after it started working at CaliBurger.

Flippy, a robot being developed by Miso Robotics, made its debut at a CaliBurger restaurant this week, where it was brought in to flip burgers and replace humen. After one day, it looks like CaliBurger has put the robot on unpaid leave while it figures out how best to project side-by-side with the job-stealing automaton, USA Today reported Friday.

When news got out that a CaliBurger location in Pasadena, California was utilizing Flippy for its burger-flipping process, people were naturally curious to see if it was up to the duty. Regrettably, that increased demand proved to be difficult to keep up with. Not for Flippy — for the humans working next to it.

Anthony Lomelino, the chief engineering policeman at Cali Group( parent company of CaliBurger ), told USA Today that although Flippy was living up to its promise of being able to cook 200 burgers per hour, the humans putting the raw patties on the grill and get the buns and accoutrements ready were not up to the task.

Flippy is pretty smart — it can sense where burger patties are on the grill and knows when to flip them for the perfect cook — but it can’t do everything. Flippy relies on people to place the patties on the grill, but it was necessary to placed with enough distance between them so Flippy doesn’t mess it all up. Humans also need to get buns ready for the cooked patties on a separate counter, or else Flippy won’t have anywhere to set the burgers.

CaliBurger isn’t giving up on Flippy though. To make it all work together, CaliBurger is going to invest some extra period developing its employees to work with Flippy, so in the meantime the robot is out of commission.

The reason CaliBurger isn’t giving up is because the company said it has a hard time retaining employees in the burger-flipping position. The turnover is difficult to stay on top of.

“We train them, they work on the grill, they realize it’s not fun … and so they leave and drive Ubers, ” Cali Group CEO John Miller told USA Today .

Although Flippy may be taking jobs from people, at least the person or persons around Flippy will be constructing more than minimum wage. While Pasadena’s minimum wage is currently $12 per hour( and scheduled to raise to $13.25 in July 2018 ), CaliBurger employees induce $13 to $14 per hour.

Cali Group did not respond to our request for comment.

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Bumble is taking a firm anti-gun posture. The dating app known for its women-first ideology has banned artilleries as well as dangerous weapons like knives from appearing in its users’ profile photos.

The company’s CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd announced the change on Monday for its virtually 30 million consumers. It comes in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.

To enforce the new policy, Bumble has instructed a team of 5, 000 contractors to proactively remove photos with artilleries from users’ profiles. Bumble accounts will not be banned, only the use of certain photos.

However, the policy does not apply for people in the military forces or law enforcement if they are comprising pistols while in uniform. Consumers also can petition for their photos to be reinstated if that is the case, which could also is applicable for competitive athletics shooters. Bumble will not censor photos that appear from Bumble users’ Instagram feeds.

“We only want to create a community where people seem at ease, where they do not seem threatened, and we just don’t discover guns fitting into that equation, ” Herd told the New York Times .

This decision isn’t the first time Bumble has taken a stance in what types of photos are let on its network. In October 2016, Bumble banned mirror selfies along with photos in underwear, any bikini, or swimwear photos, and photos of merely children.

“We’re over online spaces having different rules than other social spaces, ” the company wrote in a blog post at the time. “The rules that apply in real life interactions will apply to Bumble.”

Bumble likewise banned an report connected to conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec back in January.

“Compared to what’s going on with Facebook and Twitter, we take a very proactive approach, ” Herd told the Times . “If I could police every other social platform in the world, I would.”

But of course, banning artilleries is taking a controversial stance in a policy issue. Some politicians and survivors of the Parkland shooting have argued that gun control shouldn’t has become a political issue. And yet, people, such as those in the National Rifle Association, are are strict defenders of the Second Amendment that gives individuals the right to a gun.

Bumble may take farther activity against guns. Herd told the Times her company intends to filter out mentions of firearms in written content on the app.

Bumble is also donating $100,000 toward March For Our Lives, the nationwide protest against firearm violence on March 24.

Bumble is saying no to guns. Your move, Tinder.

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