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Would The Burger Robot Cause Riots in L.A.?

Yep, good ol' In-N-Out made the list! (Photo by C-Monster via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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L.A. is serious about burgers. Whenever a new "best" list comes out, it practically incites riots. Which is why we're a little concerned about the idea of a burger robot being released. Not unlike the Sprinkles' cupcake ATM machine), these little robots claim to bust out a gourmet product in a matter of minutes.

The machine, says Huffington Post, "is capable of producing approximately 360 burgers an hour in a 24-square foot area ... and the creators have expressed plans to create their own 'smart restaurant' chain to strut the capabilities of their burger-making robot."

But is this really a smart idea? And are they really "gourmet?" Do we need such a thing here in L.A.?

If you're really in a hurry you could always go to In-N-Out. At least we know there are people -- albeit in super-dorky uniforms -- working there. There's something so impersonal about a burger being pumped out of a machine on the street. But then again, who would have predicted the success of the Sprinkles ATM? Or of the pizza vending machine? Or the Japanese robot who makes pancakes?

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The future of food is looking kind of odd, to be frank. Between this and the edible packaging, we're hoping things slow down a bit.