Attention Fast Food workers: you are ALREADY obsolete

***UPDATE – September 5th, 2014:  Since the Fast Food Workers of the nation are once again agitating for an artificially higher wage than what the market dictates, it seems that they need yet another reminder of exactly how essential their “profession” truly is… ***

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mcdonalds_logo 5555They never learn.

(via the Chicago Tribune) – “…A few hundred fast food workers in Chicago on Wednesday voted to join a national one-day strike against their employers on May 15.  Strikes are planned for 150 cities, including New York City.  —  The workers say they want $15 per hour wages and to form a union that would bargain over benefits and wages on their behalf. Fast food workers in Chicago make about $8.25 per hour, the state’s minimum wage…”

Now, many of us have spent some amount of time employed in a Wendy’s, McDonald’s or a Burger King, commonly back when we were in our teens: the hours are flexible, and the level of mental effort required is minimal (at best). Entry level employment in this industry is usually considered to be a stepping stone on to greater things, whether that means a management position within the fast food chain, or a different job altogether.

So with all that in mind, any Fast Food folks who think striking is their Key To Success…may wish to rethink that strategy.

From SingularityHub.com, and courtesy of Instapundit:

“…(The) Alpha machine from Momentum Machines cooks up a tasty burger with all the fixins. And it does it with such quality and efficiency it’ll produce “gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices.”

With a conveyor belt-type system the burgers are freshly ground, shaped and grilled to the customer’s liking. And only when the burger’s finished cooking does Alpha slice the tomatoes and pickles and place them on the burger as fresh as can be. Finally, the machine wraps the burger up for serving.

Alpha - burger robot

And while you fret over how many people you invited to the barbecue, Alpha churns out a painless 360 hamburgers per hour…”

This would appear to change the landscape of the entire industry. Those fancy self-serve touch screens (popularized in places like Sheetz and Wawa, and currently being test marketed by McDonald’s overseas) have been available for years, but now there’s even a mechanized system which can make the food flawlessly and efficiently. Plus, the machines will never go on strike, and don’t need health care.

Seriously, at this point, who would YOU rather deal with: a bored 17-year-old kid, or this machine?

Score: Machines – 2; Humans – 0.

Having the current fast food workers arguing for more money and benefits strikes me as eerily similar to France’s creation of the Maginot Line prior to WWII: they appear to be fighting the previous war.

As you’ll recall, that didn’t end too well for the French.

Word to the wise: when current technology has already made your job obsolete, your digging in for battle on the issue may just be the impetus your employer needs to make a “change”…

And if you thought $8.25/hour wasn’t enough, just wait untilUniblab’ is doing your job …for free.

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9 responses to “Attention Fast Food workers: you are ALREADY obsolete

  1. livinrightinpgh

    I remember when the union that represents the toll collectors on the Pennsylvania Turnpike went NUTS over EZPass, because it allowed the State to reduce (by attrition) the size of the workforce. Pennsylvania has even gone FURTHER by REDUCING the cost of tolls IF you use your EZPass….

    EVERY industry that can effectively use technology to replace a body would be foolish NOT to do so.

    Sorry, Unions…your days of holding people hostage are coming to an end. Nice try with the private college athletes, but your days are numbered.

    PS: Rosie loves Uniblab.

  2. Yay! More ways to replace those pesky humans (that require money and healthcare to survive) with machines (that require money and healthcare to survive)! Wait! – If we replace all the humans with machines, where will the money come from? MACHINES! Machines print the money! Yay!

    Or, we can just ship more jobs overseas where the labor is cheaper! Yay!

    +1 for the machines and cheap foreign workers! Yay! Yay! Yay!

  3. I wonder if these people are ever going to figure out how the world works?

    I made minimum wage for about three months when I first started working and not one day since.

    All you have to do is show up, show up on time, and not be a moron, it’s pretty simple.

  4. Ah Oh, there’s a fly in their ointment. Gee, you don’t even have to worry about getting assaulted or insulted by an angry employee. But it is missing that “tip jar” ….

  5. I love Uniblab and I definitely want to try one of those gourmet burgers :). Very good post JTR, makes me hungry for lunch.

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