Your Future Is Now

I’ve said before that raising the minimum wage in order to provide the “poor” with the material standard of living they feel entitled to is a plan that will backfire, causing incalculable financial harm to the very people it’s meant to provide for.

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McDonald’s New Kiosk Model
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Well, it appears that, if you’re one of those who’ve been screaming to make $15 / hr to flip burgers, your future is now. McDonald’s is piloting a new, cashier-free kiosk system in several major US cities after having great success with them in Europe. And this is just McDonald’s; others are moving this way as well.

What is as telling as it is interesting is that, despite the hype, that these kiosks were developed to reduce labor costs, they weren’t. They were developed in order to speed up the ordering process and overall improve the customer experience…because the workers, who now want more money, couldn’t or wouldn’t do job as well as a self-service kiosk.

And the above are just about the cashiers. Other automated systems are in development or early pilot to completely automate the fast food cooking process. Hence, soon there may be very few people employed in the fast food industry at all.

Yes, to all those who’ve pushed, and pushed, and putsched to jack up the minimum wage I say, your future is now and it is bleak.

Related Reading:

Automation, Production Systems, and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (4th Edition)
Steve Jobs
The Economics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation
Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company of Philadelphia)

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3 Responses to “Your Future Is Now”

  1. Buffet Says:

    What continually amazes me is that anyone would would even consider eating that rubbish in the first place??

    Why not just ingest a massive dose of arsenic and cut to the chase?

  2. jonolan Says:

    Well, some of us, myself included, just like it even though we know that it’s not the best source of fuel for our bodies. Of course, most of us who do like it, like it as an occasional treat, not as a base for our diet.

  3. Buffet Says:

    Illogical.

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