Meet "Smart Restaurant": The Minimum-Wage-Crushing, Burger-Flipping Robot

With a seemingly endless line of talking-heads willing to
and propose what is merely populist vote-getting 'benefits' for the
ever-increasing not-1% who benefitted from Ben Bernnake's bubbles - we
thought the following burger-flipping robot was a perfect example of unintended consequences for the
With humans needing to take breaks, have at least 4 weekend days off
per month, and demanding ever-increasing minimum-wage for a job that was
never meant to provide a 'living-wage',
- a San Francisco-based robotics company has unveiled the 'Smart
Restaurants' machine which is capable of making ~360 'customized'
gourmet burgers per hour without the aid of a human.,, next McDonalds...

Meet the Robot That Makes 360 Gourmet Burgers Per Hour

San Francisco-based robotics company debuted its burger-preparing
machine last year. It can whip up hundreds of burgers an hour, take
custom orders, and it uses top-shelf ingredients for its inputs. Now
Momentum is proposing a chain of ‘smart restaurants’ that eschew human
cooks altogether. to the Momentum’s official release, where;amp;key=cfdfcf52dffd0a702a61bad27507376d&

“Fast food doesn’t have to have a negative connotation anymore. With
our technology, a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast
food prices. Our alpha machine replaces all of the hamburger line cooks
in a restaurant. It does everything employees can do except better.”

And what might this robotic burger cook of the future do better than the slow, inefficient, wage-sucking line cooks of yore?

It slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles only immediately before
it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger
possible.…custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3
pork and 2/3 bison ground after you place your order? No problem.It’s more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour.
Furthermore, the “labor savings allow a restaurant to spend
approximately twice as much on high quality ingredients and the gourmet
cooking techniques make the ingredients taste that much better.” Hear
that? Without all those cumbersome human workers, your hamburger will be twice as good. For the same cost.

I don’t doubt this is where we’re heading; robots are making inroads
in manufacturing, farming, and they’re doing more domestic work around
the house, too. Yeah, robots are taking our jobs, and it’s not a question of if, but when and how. Economists
often treat the service industry as some last bastion of downsize-proof
labor, but, clearly, robots will make sandwiches and take orders, too.

A future where we can get gourmet burgers, cheaply and on the
quick, sounds pretty nice. But that future will also have structural
unemployment, unless we start taking major strides to rethink and reform
how we work in a world where robots are doing much of the heavy
lifting. If we can, with robots flipping all the burgers, and the right social policies, maybe at least a

Of course, in a world of de minimus capital costs (courtesy of an
apparently job-creating-mandated Fed), why wouldn't the McDonalds of the
world adopt such a strategy. The outcome, as we explained before, is
all too obvious...

happens after that should be clear to everyone: more unemployment,
lower wages for the remaining employees, worse worker morale, but even
higher profits to holders of capital. And so on. Because in a world in
which technology makes the unqualified worker utterely irrelevant, this
is what is known as "progress."