Will Robots Be the Butchers of the Future?

Restaurants, Grocery Stores Try to Make Ugly Produce Attractive to BuyersMoreAn army of knife-wielding robots capable of “deep learning” via algorithms and artificial intelligence may one day soon be taking over one of the most gruesome industries in America. That may sound like a horrifying, high-tech Halloween fantasy, but it’s poised to become a reality.Forget R2-D2, C-3PO, and that loveable pile of gadgets and gears in Short Circuit—no one’s going to want to get cuddly with the bots currently being deployed by New Zealand–based Scott Technology, which are of a decidedly more dystopian, nightmarish variety.Armed with vice-grip clamps and blades that mimic everything from a guillotine to Freddy Krueger fingers, the Scott robots are designed to make mincemeat—almost literally—from raw animal carcasses, specifically lamb, pig, and beef. As the company’s…


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