Majority of Americans Want to Try Food Cooked by Robots, Survey Says
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., May 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifty-eight percent of Americans have either eaten food cooked by a robot or would be interested in doing so, the latest example of changing attitudes regarding artificial intelligence outside everyday life, according to results from a national Xcelerant omnibus survey conducted on behalf of Nala Robotics, an AI technology company revolutionizing the culinary industry.
“It’s encouraging such wide swaths of Americans are interested in the benefits of culinary automation,” said Ajay Sunkara, cofounder and CEO, Nala Robotics, which will be demonstrating its autonomous robots at this year’s National Restaurant Association Show (Booth # 9402) at McCormick Place in Chicago from May 21-24. “Consumers are realizing that robots improve quality and food safety, while restaurants can increase productivity, lower costs and operate a kitchen anytime, anywhere.”
Dining Experience Benefits
Industry Wide Adoption
As awareness grows, so does consumer sentiment. Nearly seven out of 10 (69 percent) Americans who are aware of robot in restaurants have either eaten food cooked by a robot or are interested in doing so. Among that same cohort, 68 percent of respondents indicated food cooked by a robot would be better or comparable to food cooked by a human.
Restaurant automaton goes well beyond robots that cook food. Americans surveyed ranked several other tasks acceptable for robots:
“Artificial intelligence is inevitable and will continue to revolutionize the way restaurants operate, especially as awareness and consumer education grows,” added Sunkara. “Our survey reveals there are huge benefits and opportunities when it comes to robot automation in the culinary industry. We have seen our own fully automated chefs reduce labor costs by as much as 60 percent, helping address the ongoing staffing shortages affecting the food and hospitality sectors across the country.”
A Digital Divide
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