If Black Mirror hasn’t yet addressed face-scanning, burger-ordering kiosks, we can only assume the topic will show up next season. That technology is already a reality at two Dallas restaurants: an outpost of the chain BurgerFi and a location of Malibu Poke both use facial-recognition software to guide customers’ orders.
According to the Dallas Observer, both restaurants say the software could help speed up the ordering process, remembering your order preference so you don’t have to go through multiple screens of questions.
“It’s all about speed and getting through the line quickly,” Dallas’ Malibu Poke owner John Alexis tells the Observer.
The technology takes a photo of your face as you’re ordering from the kiosk; small yellow dots appear on the photo as the computer reads the specific topography of your face. The system then banks this topography, along with your order, so it can suggest your favorite items to you the next time you return to the restaurant.
Creepiness aside, I see a practical issue with this system: I don’t always order the same thing from restaurants I frequent. I guess some people never deviate, but me, I contain multitudes. Maybe I want a burger with Swiss one day, but with provolone and onion rings the next; perhaps tuna poke one day and a yellowtail sashimi rice bowl the next. You don’t know me, AI burger bot. And stop laughing at my bedhead.