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Robots Made Fast-Food Workers Obsolete: Now They Are Coming After These 791,200 Jobs

from Zero Hedge:

One month ago, during the latest minimum wage protest by fast food workers, we presented the machine that would soon put most of them out of a job. We were referring to the nemesis of low-skilled burger flippers everywhere, the Momentum Machines burger maker.

The robot is shown below. It occupies 24 square feet, and is much smaller and efficient than most assembly-line fast-food operations. It provides “gourmet cooking methods never before used in a fast food restaurant” and will deposit the completed burger into a bag. It does all of this without a trace of attitude.

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.

As the company’s co-founder Alexandros Vardakostas told Xconomy his “device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them.

The company’s philosophy on making millions of fast food workers obsolete:

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11 comments to Robots Made Fast-Food Workers Obsolete: Now They Are Coming After These 791,200 Jobs

    • Eric

      What about the warehouse jobs?

      • Troy

        What did people do in this country before fast food warehouse jobs? Screw fast foods…get rid of all those places, and maybe some healthy places will open.

        • Eric

          No Troy. The point of the article was that after fast food workers losing their jobs to robots, and soon we will see more drones taking over, now Locus will replace almost a million jobs in the transportation and warehousing sector. Hmmm I’m no genius but that might have an overall effect on the US economy which still doesn’t make jack squat compared to what it used to. Did you even read the article? I know I’m guilty of jumping the gun in the comment section like everyone else. But let’s at least make sure we’re talking about the same thing.

    • Ed_B

      Yep… and the knock-kneed flea-bitten cross-eyed sway-backed nag they rode in on too! lol

      Fast food is something that the body tolerates ON OCCASION but not as a steady diet. For me, this is usually a cheeseburger, fries, and a diet cola drink. I have this 2-3 times a year, not 2-3 or more times a week as do a lot of people. As with most things in life, moderation is the key.

      • Christine

        Perspective, shall we?

        The 47% of people on food stamps in this country, for want of the decent paying job long ago outsourced by your buddies in government, have just enough to either buy fast food (very, very cheap crap) or, if they cook from scratch, GMOs and antibiotic-and-corn-syrup-laden meat. Organic food is pretty much out (overpriced as it is), especially if the very, very small piece of land they used to have and could have grown a few thing on was taken away from them through foreclosure, for lack of means to pay a mortgage they applied for years ago, when they had a steady job and were paying regularly until they lost that job… outsourced (see above) and managed to find something at Walmart, barely paying rent, utilities and gas to commute to work.

        I suggest you tour the country and start giving speeches to them about “moderation”. I bet you’ll be welcome with open arms and recognized as their savior.

        By the way, I’m still waiting for the source of your “the US have 28,000 tons of gold” you pronounced a month or so ago… 🙂

        • Eric

          If there is 28,000 tons of gold in the United States of America, it is in the ground stuck between a rock and a hard place.

          And since everyone is accustomed to cushy cashier jobs, it will no doubt be a tough transition for them.

  • Sandy

    GREAT! Robots make the food AND robots can EAT the food!
    They don’t need us….we don’t eat it. PROBLEM SOLVED.

  • Millicent

    Walter P. Reuther
    The Life of Walter P. Reuther – Wayne State University

    Reuther toured a Ford assembly plant back in the 1960’s and the brass proudly showed off their latest robots on the assembly line. Reuther looked and then commented: “Robots do not buy cars”.

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