This is an army of 'Chef Cui' noodle-shaving robots designed and manufactured by Cui Runquan. The robots were designed to cut noodles from a block of dough cheaper and more efficiently than humans can. Plus today's youth don't want to work as noodle cutters. Kids! I spent two summers as a teen peeling potatoes at summer camp, and do you hear me complaining? Hell no, I got that out of my system a long time ago. It really did suck though.
According to Runquan in the video below, the only reason Chef Cui exists is because younger people are less willing to spend their lives working as a noodle shaver. The work is repetitive and can be very exhausting. So, really, it's humanity's fault for not wanting to do such a mundane job.
For about about $1,500 U.S. dollars Chef Cui "can slice noodles better than human chefs and it is much cheaper than a real human chef," says Liu Maohu, a noodle shop owner in China. "It costs more than 30,000 RMB ($4,700 USD) to hire a chef for a year, but the robot just costs me 10,000 RMB ($1,500 USD). It is a great machine, and it is better than man."
Because I'm ignorant, I didn't even know sliced noodles were a real thing. Regardless, no robot is cutting my noodle. Get it? Because I have it taped up between my buttcheeks. There's a video of the creepy bastards in action after the jump, but be warned: could be considered graphic depending on how you feel about blocks of dough getting sliced up. I used to have an uncle who was a pizza so it was hard for me to watch.
Hit the jump for the news report.