Sushi Robots are not a new concept in Japan. Japanese firm Suzumo created the world’s first Sushi Robot in 1981, according to FoodBeast. Suzumo’s latest machine can now create about 4,000 pieces of sushi every hour with minimal human assistance, feeding ingredients to the machine.
These machines were made to create bulk quantities at a reduced price, and thus have traditionally been marketed to supermarkets, all-you-can-eat buffets, schools, and other such distributors which require large amounts of sushi to be made in a small amount of time.
It is comforting to note, however, that Sushi Robots have not eliminated the need for trained sushi chefs. Sushi chef of five years, Kaiser Noriesta tells FoodBeast, “When it comes to the art of sushi, you still need experience on how soft the rice is or the feel and temperature. You also need to know the quality of the fish you're using and the feel of the flesh.” Noriesta also notes the value of creating affordable sushi for the masses.