Goodbye Fast Food Jobs

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  1. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    As the technology gets more advanced, I think we'll see much more of this happening.
     
  3. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    But can it spit in the burger too?

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    I'm sure they could provide a model for that.
     
  5. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    It doesn't say anything about customizing the burger to the customer's liking.

    That shouldn't be too hard to do, but it is a key component that the article fails to mention.
     
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    McDonald's doesn't care. :D
     
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    At least it can't hock one in your Big Mac if its having a bad day. Also, it probably spends a loss less time with its hands down its pants than most of the burger chefs that I've known.
     
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    Yeah it does. It says the later models will be able to mix different types of beef and cook it to taste. I'm sure if it can do that, telling it not to add tomato or mayonnaise (aka the devil's condiment) wouldn't be much of a problem.
     
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    Between this and electronic "cashiers" (something Jack in the Box has been testing for awhile) I could easily see fully automated fast food restaurants crop up within the next couple decades. All humans would have to do is clean and restock the machines. Within fifty years they may not even need us for that.
     
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    I agree, it shouldn't be much of a problem.
     
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    When you think about, a FF "restaurant" is really nothing more than a factory. We have been automating factories for a long time now so its just a logical step really. With so many working in the industry, however, this could deal a severe blow to those lower-skilled people who rely on these jobs.
     
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    This is the second article I've read about this machine. The first one stated that the machine fully customizes the burger with the toppings desired.

    As for the title of the OP, this machine could easily kill thousands of jobs within a very short timeframe. And the jobs that it kills aren't generally held by people who can just move on to an office or something.

    But I know at least one poster on this board who proclaims that technology like this has no actual effect on job numbers. I still haven't figured out why. I think it's because they will just go get other jobs or something.
     
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    A few decades from now there may not be many low skill jobs left where a human can outperform a machine.
     
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    Well, there still have to be people to load the machine, run it and repair it. It's not as if jobs just disappear. There also have to be people to build the machine.
     
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    And then we will have millions of people living on the streets. A constantly increasing population and technology constantly evolving to replace more jobs is a recipe for disaster.

    We'll end up back in the stone age.
     
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    This will never happen. At least not to the extent that some think.

    I don't believe consumers will accept going through a drive-through and dealing with a machine. They will go somewhere there is a human face to talk to.

    Not gonna happen. At least not in the next 100 years.
     
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    It will probably be everywhere in 10 years. You may be talking to human but the kitchen will be automated eventually. It's inevitable.
     
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    I remember hearing the same thing back in the 1950's.

    just sayin'.

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    Fast food anyway. This would not go over well in better restaurants.
     
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    Right, and bank tellers will never be replaced by machines....
     
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    We still have bank tellers last I saw when I went to my bank.
     
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    Definitely but there is probably a 10:1 ratio of FF employees to proper restaurant employees, if not greater.

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    Far fewer than there was 30 years ago.
     
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    I can see it now. A bunch of scared cavemen running around giant metal factories, hooting in amazement at the living machines the wise ancients wrought with their own hands using the long lost power of n'ollij that build magical moving picture stones and the great fast beasts with lights for eyes.

    Damn fiscal cliff ended up being the death of us all. First they raise the taxes, then they build the robots, then HOLY DAMN HELL WE'RE ALL DEAD!
     
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    It'll be just like Battlestar Galactica.
     
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    No, it'll be worse, cuz we won't have cool spaceships.
     

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