The act of preparing sushi is an art-form that transcends normal cooking in Japan, with chefs training for decades to obtain the skills necessary to properly pair fish with rice. But in a culture where food is often treated like a sacred experience, sushi chefs may soon find themselves out of a job if they’re not careful.
From pizza-slinging 3D printers, to automated woks, to ramen-cooking robots, machines are steadily replacing humans in the kitchen worldwide. And now, a new sushi-making robot has arrived in Japan to further disrupt the restaurant industry.
According to Gizmodo, Kawasaki—a Japanese company that specializes in the production of motorcycles and heavy machinery—recently opened a showroom devoted to its latest advancements in technology. Apparently, one of the best ways to demonstrate the precision of the company’s new (and extremely expensive) robotic arms is to have the machine prepare some top-shelf sushi.
Still, while Kawasaki may have reached new heights with its machine, sushi-making robots are not as futuristic as they seem. Since 2011, Kura, a Japanese restaurant chain, has been using robots to cheaply create its sushi before sending the pieces of fish down conveyor belts to customers.