What’s next in restaurant technology – Restaurant Business Online

2020 may have been restaurants’ great technological awakening, but it was also just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how tech will transform the industry. What seemed innovative just a couple of years ago, like mobile ordering, is now table stakes in the new, digital world.

So what’s next? As we look ahead to 2022, here are the four areas I’ll be watching most closely and my expectations for each.


I predicted last year that restaurant robots were ready to take a step forward in 2021, but even I was surprised by the progress they’ve made—not only in the kitchen but also on the roads and sidewalks and even in the air. 

I expect even more development in ’22, particularly in the delivery space after a lot of capital infusion and the entry of big players like Uber Eats and DoorDash. 

In the restaurants themselves, I’m eager to see how Sweetgreen starts to implement the technology from robotic restaurant Spyce, especially now that it has investors to satisfy. How it fares in that journey should provide a lot of lessons for the rest of the industry.

Ghost kitchens

Ghost kitchens are already a well-established part of the restaurant ecosystem. A recent Deloitte survey found that more than 80% of consumers have no problem using one—which implies that 80% of consumers know what a ghost kitchen even is. That said, I don’t think ghost kitchens are close to their final form. 

In 2021, we saw the emergence of a hybrid model that emphasizes takeout but also includes nods to the traditional restaurant format, with prominent storefronts and even dining rooms in some cases.

In 2022, I’m expecting ghost kitchens to start adding more automation in the kitchen and in the delivery process in a bid to boost efficiency. (Think a robot making fries for multiple brands at once.)

And I’ll be watching Inspire Brands and Chick-fil-A—two restaurant companies that are opening their own ghost kitchens—…….


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No, 5G technology does not cause COVID-19 symptoms – PolitiFact

Since the beginning of the pandemic, various attempts to connect COVID-19 with 5G technology have circulated across social media. We’ve fact-checked several of these false claims.

Another iteration of these problematic assertions resurfaced in the form of a paper published on Sept. 29, 2021, in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Research.

“Their analysis revealed a clear overlap between the effects of wireless communication technologies on the human body and the symptomatology of COVID-19 disease,” a blog post on the paper said. “In other words, the electromagnetic radiation from wireless technologies, including and especially 5G, can cause the same symptoms as COVID-…….


Techopia Live: Determining the Trustworthiness of AI Technology – Ottawa Business Journal

As more and more companies are incorporating artificial intelligence into their daily business, few consider how they’ll monitor or mitigate its potential biases and risks until after an issue is identified. On Techopia Live, host Sherry Aske spoke with Niraj Bhargava, the CEO of Ottawa’s NuEnergy AI, a software enterprise that aims to help organizations measure and manage trust in their AI technology. The following is an edited transcript of the interview.

OBJ: Niraj, what is your elevator pitch for NuEnergy AI?

NB: NuEnergy AI is Canada’s leader in AI governance. We uniquely dedicate our AI and governance experience and expertise to help build and deliver gua…….