Though Skynet hasn't quite taken over, these burger machines will change the nature of McJobs - and food entrepreneurship - forever.





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Written by UPmarketArt
3261 days ago

Thanks for reading, Heather.

It's absolutely terrible for people who've depended on those jobs, though in the greater scheme of things, it's probably unavoidable.

As our director for IT jokingly put it, the ultimate goal of any capitalist system is zero employment. If something close to it doesn't happen in our lifetimes, I'd be very surprised.

In any case, consider this: The U.S. has a $7.25 minimum wage. Australia's is $16.88. As far as I know, they haven't started using robots over there. Maybe the tech hasn't caught up yet.

What has happened though is that a disproportionate number of teens are employed over there vs. the US, since Aussie laws allow employers to pay teens less than minimum.

Some food for thought.



Written by HeatherStone
3261 days ago

Thanks, Art. Food for thought, indeed!



Written by HeatherStone
3262 days ago

Fascinating post, Art. It seems particularly timely given the wage issue in the fast food industry. My question is, will an increased minimum wage for employees make robots the more viable option and does this mean that increased minimum wage will absolutely lead to fewer employees in an increasingly mechanized fast food industry? I'd love to have our resident BizSugar franchise expert Joel Libava weigh in on this one.



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