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Sushi Robots and Vending-Machine Pizza Will Reinvent the Automat

Burritos from a box and sushi made by robots are here, too.
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Illustration: Mak Ying-Ping

Decades from now, historians may look back on 2016 as the year Earthlings ate pizza from vending machines, bought burritos from a box in New York’s Grand Central Terminal and devoured sushi rolled by robots.

“Automation is coming whether we want it to come or not,” said Andy Puzder, chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc., which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast-food chains. “It’s everywhere. It’s in everything.”