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Panda Express restaurants are now using robotic woks to cook meals. The robots cook food faster and eliminate the need for multiple staffers to make dishes like chow mein and fried rice. Panda Express said automation can help restaurants run better as workers become harder to find, adding that it is looking into automating other kitchen equipment in the future. The bot is now in use at 120 of the chain’s 2,316 restaurants and will be in another 240 by the end of this year.