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Monday, December 9, 2013

Coming To A Fast Food Restaurant Near You: Machines That Won’t Be Paying SEIU Dues -- By LaborUnionReport

460,000 job losses due to union's higher wage push may be the tip of the iceberg. 

Robo Waiter

The quick-service restaurant (aka fast-food) industry is undergoing some cataclysmic changes. On one hand, the Service Employees International Union and its hordes of astroturf allies are unleashing their four-year old scheme to unionize fast-food workers and drive up the wages of these workers to $15 an hour. Why?

Because, to the Marxist ideologues that run the SEIU and many of the groups that align themselves with the Purple People Eaters, market forces can be overridden by the demand that they are entitled to higher wages…and a union.

Not withstanding the fact that the fast-food industry has been traditionally populated by workers who are largely unskilled and, therefore, easily susceptible to being replaced, the SEIU and its cohorts believe that this is the future for today’s unions.

On the other hand, however, as has happened in other industries that have become heavily unionized (see esp. manufacturing), what seems more likely is that the consequences of the SEIU’s push for unionization and higher wages will lead to a faster and more efficient automated workforce of machines and, quite possibly, a better experience for the consumer.

Let’s look at this through the eyes (and experience) of the average fast-food customer of the future (named Bob), shall we?

Bob likes his burgers served piping hot. He likes them fast and he likes them cheap.

Almost overnight Bob has seen the fast-food industry transform itself from one manned by often slow and surly ne’er-do-wells to one that is highly efficient, consistently good, as well as affordable. How does that happen?

The Automated Order Takers

When Bob first arrives at his favorite fast-food joint–be it a sit down, take out or drive thru–he no longer be forced to wait by the “we’ll be right with you…” or “Welcome to _____________. Please wait…”
Nor, will Bob have to worry about to someone getting his order wrong.
Meet the perfect order taker:
“Welcome to McDonald’s. My name is HAL 9000. May I take your order?”
McDonalds recently went on a hiring binge in the U.S., adding 62,000 employees to its roster. The hiring picture doesn’t look quite so rosy for Europe, where the fast food chain is drafting 7,000 touch-screen kiosks to handle cashiering duties.

360 Burgers An Hour…Anyway You Like Them

After Bob’s burger order is taken by Hal, the automated order-taking Kiosk, his order his instantaneously transmitted to Alpha.
Alpha does everything a human burger flipper can do…except better, faster and (eventually) cheaper:
Our alpha machine frees up all of the hamburger line cooks in a restaurant.
It does everything employees can do except better:
  • it slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible.
  • our next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem.
  • Also, our next revision will use gourmet cooking techniques never before used in a fast food restaurant, giving the patty the perfect char but keeping in all the juices.
  • it’s more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour.

Service Always Comes With A Smile

When Alpha is done cooking up Bob’s burger, someone has to deliver it, right? Not necessarily.
In China, robots are already serving diners:
After a dish is prepared, a robot waiter, which runs along tracks on the floor, carries it from kitchen to a table. Besides the robots on the ground, there are also two robots working in the air. Prepared dishes are placed on a suspended conveyor belt and when the plate reaches the right table the mechanical arms lift it off and set it down. As they eat, a singing robot entertains diners.
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