Thursday, January 14, 2016

$15 x 0 hours = $0

This post is for those of you screaming for a $15 an hour minimum wage.  Meet your replacement:

Zero Hedge reported:
According to public data, the company's robot can "slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible." Unlike human workers, the robot is "more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour" or a burger every 10 seconds.

Furthermore, future generations of the device "will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem."
As the company's website adds, "our various technologies can produce an ever-growing list of common choices like salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, and many other multi-ingredient foods with a gourmet focus."

But most importantly, it has no wage demands: once one is purchashed it will work with 100% efficiency for years. And it never goes on strike. Rest of post.
Keep on striking, protesting, and trying to make yourselves too expensive to hire.   One can only hope that the Popeyes on High Street and the McDonalds around town will go this route.  Chick-Fil-A is a different story. Please keep your workers.


Anonymous said...

Computers can do blog posts too

Cat Herder said...

I own a fast food restaurant and this is the future. Back of the house workers are mostly unreliable and let's not talk about the supervision they require. It's herding cats. Yes, this machinery is expensive, but it beats buying Advil. Did anyone see the post a couple of days ago about the Arkansas Waffle House employees washing their hair in the cooking pots?

Anonymous said...

This particular blogger isn't demanding a government-mandated $15 minimum wage for menial labor.

PittPanther said...

Am I supposed to think that if workers beg for their jobs and promise to work for near zero wages, that McDonald's and others will promise to never purchase robot equipment?

Shouldn't long haul truck drivers be sweating bullets due to the upcoming Google driverless cars? Should truck drivers start working for $1 per hour?

Should UPS drivers work for near zero wages now because drone delivery is coming?

This is a ridiculous argument. Technology comes at its own pace. You can't stop the future from coming. There's nothing the McDonald's fry cook can do to stop it. Blaming them for trying to get a living wage now, makes no sense.

All they can do in the future is hope for jobs at the robot manufacturing plant. Or get a job maintaining robots.

Anonymous said...

You can take KF out of the conversation. In the next 10-15, AI will be taking "your" job too.


Bob's Your Uncle said...

Or get a job maintaining robots.

I might like that job. Can the robot look like Scarlett Johansson?

Anonymous said...

the Earned Income Credit is actually a government (taxpayers) subsidy of businesses paying low wages. This allows them to pay lower wages with the taxpayers subsidizing the difference in what they would have to pay to get workers. It has artificially kept wages down.

Anonymous said...

"Robots don’t slow. They don’t tire. They don’t get injured or distracted or sick. They don’t require paychecks or try to unionize." They don't buy hamburgers, either. They don't load, clean or repair themselves. They cannot be easily adapted to new food items or shortages. They can't successfully defend themselves in food safety lawsuits (Chipotle, Blue Bell, etc). I'm sure investing in two of these machines, along with touchscreen order kiosks, and accounting for the cleaning and repair crews will result in mega profits. Why drive (ride at 15 miles per hour) in my Google car to the drive thru to order when I can just order a burger by Amazon drone? What could go wrong? My automatic dishwasher (no rinse or load required, honest), clothes washer/dryer/ironer/hangeruper and house cleaning robot work almost as well as the hoverboard, and that flying car I got in 1955. Now, about accounting for cash and inventory... Yeah. Dem burger robotz. Chik Fil A cows are hacking them now. Ironically, that Captcha image was of milkshakes. Considering McDs was founded around a milkshake machines which still ain't fully automated, the irony in these articles is "rich."

Anonymous said...

We have reached a point where the world does not need all of the people that are living right now. The breeding stock is becoming weaker and dumber ever year. It is time the more intelligent and harder working people become the parents of future generations.
We can build machines to do the work of millions of people. There just isn't a need for more. They just clutter up the world and prey on other people. It is time to limit the number of babies born and ensure both parents are willing and able to raise and care for a child before they have one.

Anonymous said...

Why not use those robots from the Old Capitol Green parking garage?

I'm sure word of this will be enough to send the My Joy crew own strike again.

Messick said...

I agree with you, but there's a powerful industry of vote-buying that relies on a steady supply of dumb and/or lazy people to contend with.

Ophelia said...

Twelve-forty-three, whether or not your little disquisition was intended as irony, there are some undeniable points in it. Your *reductio ad absurdam* aside, it would doubtlessly be better if we reduced the population. This planet does, after all, have finite resources, deny it though we do every day.

Mimimum wage, robots or not, is a crock. I sympathize with 10:59 on this one.

Anonymous said...

Robots would not likely respond well to an electro-magnetic pulse weapon. At some point, the need to provide for one's self without any automation will circle back around. Survival of the fittest indeed.

Anonymous said...

Messick, I agree completely. The govt. has done very well with their plan of a ruling class in the U.S. Govt. subsidies, welfare, food stamps, rent subsidies, utilities subsidies, free day care, free rides, clothing allowances, free school supplies, free meals at school, have combined to make the U.S. one large welfare country.
The politicians have come up with a fool proof way to become rich and stay in power. Just pay people for having babies then raising those kids for free.

Tiny Tim said...

Well, I guess Christmas really is over. “If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”— Ebenezer Scrooge.

Anonymous said...

can they teach the robots to scream racism?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ophelia for volunteering to be reduced. I'd recommend cremation so that you'll produce the smallest impact possible on our remaining finite resources.


Anonymous said...

at 11:31…
You clearly have absolutely NO concept of the free market. These are low skilled workers and the wages aren't meant to support a family for life. This is a entry level job at that. The wages are low for that reason. Get over yourself. If the workers don't like it they can simply leave for more desirable job. The real enemy here is the minimum wage law. There shouldn't be such a law… the market would dictate the salary and workers such as these would actually make more money.

Kiosk replaces $15 workers said...

I notice that the McDonalds in Paris is already using kiosk to take orders. They are all multi lingual. There are no errors. There's no need to understand Ebonics. You simply go to the kiosk, place your order and clerks needed.

Anonymous said...

do they have a French-fry robot? hot dog robot? milkshake?

Anonymous said...

The thought of not being forced to interact with illiterate, half-conscious, entitled, transfer payment recipients is quite inspiring. If they implement robotic replacements, I will certainly consider darkening their door.

Anonymous said...

I am another that would much rather go to a fast food place that had robots instead of the illiterate people who seem to want to spend their life flipping burgers and get rich doing it.
Save those employees for mopping up the floor after the place is closed. That way other people will have a much better experience going to a fast food place.
Do they build robots that can clean the place up?

Let Them Eat Cake said...

I think that the manufacturers of the Roomba are working on an industrial model, that will replace the slothful humans who currently swish the mops around after hours. It will not only clean, but hum old plantation field-hand spirituals. They will market it as the Koomba-Ya.

Anonymous said...

Is the humming option available in the Roomba? Sure would like to have one. Reminds me of the good old days.

Go Ophelia Self said...

What the hell is a disquisition? Thanks for weighing in Miss Butts.

Disquisit Dis said...

"nothing can kill a radio show quicker than a disquisition on intertextual analysis"

Unless it's a question by a Fox News reader and the question contains 86 words.

Anonymous said...

I just laugh when someone thinks robots will replace everybody's job except theirs. I just laugh when someone thinks they deserve to be paid more than anyone else. The people at McDonald's work way harder than I do, but yet society chooses to pay me a bigger salary for performing less work. If garbage truck workers went on strike, it would make our lives miserable; but yet there are people who think these men deserve minimal pay. I personally appreciate the services everyone performs to make this country run, and I think everyone deserves to make a decent living wage. If I have to pay $10 for a meal at McDonald's or Wendy's, so be it. I'll pay or eat at home.

Anonymous said...

Simply put, you are worth whatever it will cost your employer to replace you.

Anonymous said...

Simply put, you are worth whatever it will cost your employer to replace you.

Anonymous said...

Very true. When the employer can hire the next person to walk through the door and they can replace you without the employer even noticing a difference you know you don't deserve a raise.

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