Minimum Wage—Bad Idea Accelerating Automation

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Minimum Wage

 

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.

    Wherein we see the inevitable consequence of government edicts making labor more expensive, substitution.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The automation of some fast food services has already begun. Some McDonald’s in Europe and other places let you order from an interactive screen. Then you go up to get your food or you get it at the drive thru. That eliminates order takers. The next step will be paying with a card when you plug in the order – cashiers gone. Finally, cooking will go automated as will serving. Things were headed that way anyway, but the minimum wage nonsense is speeding it up. Fast food was never meant to be a career. Cooking is though, but I assume there will be other jobs for those cooks. The industry is changing and fast. I’m not sure fast food will continue in its popularity as it is now. More and more are eating at home for health and economic reasons. Family economics are changing as well.

    Want to know what the future of the restaurant industry looks like? It could come in the form of a San Francisco fast food restaurant named Eatsa.

    Eatsa is a quinoa (a South American grain dish) eatery that is preparing to automate most of its workforce.

    The Ferenstein Wire got a sneak peak at the restaurant, which will be debuting a new healthy fast food prototype in downtown San Francisco. The restaurant promises cheap, healthy food and has customizable menus with an automated experience.

    (It’s difficult to describe all the futuristic design elements that go into the delivery process. Eatsa is science fiction in real life.)

    Instead of a front counter, customers choose their bowls at a tablet kiosk. Then food pops up in one of a series of translucent cubbyholes a few minutes later.

    For now, little of the restaurant is actually automated, but the owners plan to replace a good portion of their cooking and serving workforce with robots in the next year of two.

    So Eatsa will function as a test for the feasibility of automated restaurants.

    Currently, Eatsa uses a line of chefs working diligently behind the scenes, but their goal is for patrons to be unaware if humans or robots are serving them. …

    Anywhere there’s a McDonald’s, Eatsa can compete, thanks in part to automation. This could be very important for nutrition-deprived neighborhoods all over the country.

    Since a new $15 minimum wage law passed in San Francisco, wage labor has become a hot-button issue.

    Some restaurants claim that the new minimum wage has forced them to shut their doors. As restaurant workers around the country lobby for better pay, there has been speculation that companies will invest in technology that automates human labor out of existence.

    This appears to now be becoming a reality as Eatsa looks to automate most of its business.

    Silicon Valley is making it increasingly difficult for governments to force businesses to shoulder the responsibility of economic outcomes through laws and regulations.

    Eatsa’s mission to bring tasty, affordable food to the masses is certainly compelling, and their executive has made the case that restaurant automation is not only possible, but a possibility in the not so distant future.       

Not sure I would personally eat at Eatsa. The whole ‘food in a cubbyhole’ thing kind of creeps me out. I like to know where my food is coming from. Just sayin’. Wonder where all the fast food workers will find work? Times are about to get very tight economically again for many people out there. I’m also not sure how great it will be in a world where robots rule the roost and serve us. That also creeps me out. Looks like the Marxists outsmarted themselves and their economic utopia idea is a non-starter. But then, really… are any of their ideas workable? Nope. The Left’s minimum wage narrative just got destroyed. Predictable.

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    The other possibilities when something becomes expensive are; minimization and elimination. Use less or use none. Whatever the result, less labor will be used because the government made it more expensive. The liberals never think anything through because their ability to arrange things properly overrides everything.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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