It’s been going on for quite some time now and it’s only starting to pick up steam. For many, the thought of being able to handle their transactions expeditiously is a new and great discovery that will make everything different. To others it will be a reminder of a simpler time, a time when human on human interaction was a neglected gift. A gift that many will soon wish we could get back.
I am, of course, discussing the addition of another technological advancement installed in a fast food chain. I must first say that most of these “Marvels” have not made it to America, but it’s only a matter of time. The rise in public outcry for a minimum wage increase is causing businesses to experiment with new ways to serve its ever decreasing throng of consumers. Robotic fast food workers are being created and tested in several tech companies. These machines are not only capable of creating their product at a faster rate, they can also serve the customer.
These advancements are harbingers of a bigger problem for not only the young American worker, who looked to fast food chains for their first job. I, myself, worked at McDonald’s in the Meadows Mall in Las Vegas as a teen. This is a problem for the unemployed worker that has limited to no other opportunity for alternate employment. People with only a high school education or less will soon be unable to look to the fast food chains for that despised and often underperformed job.
The former CEO of McDonald’s restaurant Ed Rensi was quoted recently saying. ” I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry — it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries — it’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe.” Those are some bold words Ed, but that doesn’t make them lies.
The poor and middle class have been involved in a war for the last few decades. This is a nuclear type salvo being fired by the corporate class. We as a people have very few options available when dealing with this oncoming monster. Educate ourselves so that we can become the strongest weapons available in this war or become the victims. Fodder in a war that was announced when my parents were children. A war that continues on even as I write this. Maybe that crazy talk, the older generation spoke of robots taking over the world, wasn’t so far fetched after all.