Sweetgreen's automated makeline shows robots and humans can coexist

Tech Check: The salad chain’s first Infinite Kitchen in Naperville, Ill., offers an experience that is almost seamless, but not soulless.
The Infinite Kitchen robot is at the heart of Sweetgreen's newest restaurant. / Photo courtesy of Sweetgreen

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