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Seattle imposes $15 minimum wage. Meet the robot replacement that will be “hired.”

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In Big Labor‘s push to unionize fast food workers the workers will soon find that there is a reason they are not paid more through free market forces. When the price of labor gets too high, industries innovate and spend more money automating jobs they would have previously hired humans to do. Seattle just bowed to political pressure from Big Unions and its city council has voted in a plan that will raise the minimum wage in the city to a whopping $15 per hour over the next few years. As that happens things like hamburger making will be automated. Meet your near future “burger flipper” here.

Seattle imposes $15 minimum wage.

From Motherboard:

[quote_box_center]Meet the robot replacement that will be “hired.”

Research is picking up for such automated replacements for fast food employees — doubtless spurred on by the current massive proposed increases in the minimum wage (and all the related costs tied to wage — social security, workers comp, unemployment compensation, etc.)

No human hand touched this hamburger. It was made entirely by robots.

One robot, rather—a 24 square foot gourmet-hamburger-flipping behemoth built by Momentum Machines. It looks like this:

The San Francisco-based robotics company debuted its burger-preparing machine last year. It can whip up hundreds of burgers an hour, take custom orders, and it uses top-shelf ingredients for its inputs. Now Momentum is proposing a chain of ‘smart restaurants’ that eschew human cooks altogether.

Food Beast points us to the Momentum’s official release, where the company blares:

Fast food doesn’t have to have a negative connotation anymore. With our technology, a restaurant can offer gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices. Our alpha machine replaces all of the hamburger line cooks in a restaurant. It does everything employees can do except better.”

And what might this robotic burger cook of the future do better than the slow, inefficient, wage-sucking line cooks of yore?

  • It slices toppings like tomatoes and pickles only immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible.
  • …custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground after you place your order? No problem.
  • It’s more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour.

Furthermore, the “labor savings allow a restaurant to spend approximately twice as much on high quality ingredients and the gourmet cooking techniques make the ingredients taste that much better.” Hear that? Without all those cumbersome human workers, your hamburger will be twice as good. For the same cost.[/quote_box_center]

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34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. Thomas Pasqualone

    June 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    This really comes as no surprise to me, most manufacturing has already been automated. I remember back in the 80’s a machine shop I worked in was trying to introduce robotics for simpler, more mundane tasks, and they were quite successful. Given the state of technology today, this trend will only grow.

  2. Daniel De Kok

    June 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Judging from the service I’ve been receiving at certain fast-food establishments, the help could spend less time whining about having a low-paying job and more time LEARNING HOW TO DO IT.

  3. Mike Tolbert

    June 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    There is already a Fresh pizza vending machine it pops out fresh pies while you wait!

  4. Mike Tolbert

    June 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  5. Grizzly907LA

    June 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Take a hike McShitheads!!!

  6. Frank

    June 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Then Don’t Vote for DemonRats-Party anymore.

  7. Angry Grizzly

    June 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I am so thankful I stuck with it and earned the education and skill sets that I now have, as I posses the ability to if you hand me the drawings of this machine I am able to build it and maintain it. Don’t be a tool stay in school, and learn a useful skill.

    • James Thomas Hyde Jr.

      June 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      i wish my schools had been up to snuff. i would be much better off than i am now .

      but still i have to work odd jobs and manual labor to earn money.. until i get a better education that is

    • factsobill

      June 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Your time will come too! You really think a robot can’t do what you do? Hell,man, they build automobiles!

  8. tim

    June 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    these people get what they deserve, 15 dollars an hour to make a sandwich….shut up & get out you’ve been replaced by a robot, that should show you how valuable you really are lol ……losers

    • Sharif Hamdy

      June 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Easy with that, i definately agree no one in Fast Food should start out at $15 an hour, at the same time, im a cook in a High Volume restaurant at a tourist destination, (make more than $15) you may wanna re think that loser part, cause i tell you what, im willing you bet after saturday open, and lunch…you’d be cryin like a baby in the corner trying to keep up.

      • tim

        June 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        if someone has decided that working in a burger king or a mcdonalds is a career then yes they are losers, besides they live in seattle who in the hell wants to live there except maybe losers

      • Jester

        June 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm

        fastfood is way different then a real restaurant, a good cook making good money sure.No love for fast food”cooking” it isnt cooking, ive done both.

    • jen

      June 15, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      You’re calling people who are working in general losers. You think you’re better because you have a better job, and that’s wonderful for you — congratulations. I’m glad that education made you less of a piece of shit :].

      • tim

        June 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

        oh did I hit a nerve ???? get me some fries and don’t cry on them either

  9. scott

    June 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    No human hand touched this hamburger. says the machine

    thats ok,because most FF places are staffed by minorities and that food is not touched by human hands either

    • Sharif Hamdy

      June 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Wow!….talk about cutting deep.

    • Concerned Citizen

      June 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Scott… You sound like a cartoon villain. It is hard to believe you are a real person and not the villain of a poorly written story. If your profile isn’t an elaborate joke contrived by some bored twelve year olds with nothing better to do then I’ll be very surprised.

      • scott

        June 17, 2014 at 5:35 am

        you do not like my train of thought or my opinions,oh well,sucks to be you

  10. Andy Dvorsky

    June 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Bring on the robot! At least now your order will be CORRECT

  11. Abigsoxfan

    June 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    The left does not get or understand this? Even after they comment about it they remain too stupid to get it. Remember our moron President recently commenting on many banking jobs being replaced by ATM’s? And yet he was too stupid to see this. Such is the case when the nation hires a President with no business experience no economics education in college who embraces Communism.

    • Notabigsoxfan

      June 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      It must be hard with that much bullshit in your head. I think that’s how cancer is developed, I’d get that checked out.

      • Abigsoxfan

        June 16, 2014 at 5:42 am

        Typical response of the lefty crowd. Worried about losing your burger flipping job of yours aren’t you?

      • David Wilson

        June 17, 2014 at 4:57 am

        It must be hard to be a stupid liberal

  12. Michael Henry

    June 14, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Still need people to install, refill, maintain and repair said robot. Fast food was never meant to be a career, just a temporary job until one moves on to something better.

    • a_view_from_street_level

      June 14, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      the problem is that the unions did get the email neither did the socialist community leader of the $15 an hour move

      • Michael Henry

        June 15, 2014 at 1:43 am

        You need to rewrite what you said because it makes no sense.

        Fact: Fast food workers are pricing themselves right out of the job market. Fact: Fast food is only a career if you become management and continue to advance. Not to stay a crew member 10-15 years down the line. Trying to place any blame on the government for something that they had nothing to do with it is futile. It’s a temp job so that person can go to college or a vocational school and learn a trade so they can earn a real living. The blame is squarely on the individual for not advancing themselves. Fast food has been getting more and more automated little by little as wages went up. This will only speed up the process.

  13. BoycottWWE

    June 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Bring on the robots!

  14. a_view_from_street_level

    June 14, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    i have to laugh at the unions who are phasing them selves out of the whole process of labor they thought they would get something but in fact they got them selves sccrewed just like the auto industries and their robots

  15. factsobill

    June 14, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    It’s an absolute shame all these so-called “smart” people can’t understand cause and effect! Price yourself out of the market and you will be replaced! Damned shame!

  16. denniel

    June 15, 2014 at 12:58 am

    well here’s a new company finally help created by OBUManomics

  17. Zak Brogdon

    June 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    In theory, an advanced enough AI could replace almost any job.
    So I’d watch out if you think you’ll be safe from replacement.

  18. leaponover

    June 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    If it can’t spit on or burn your burger, or drop it on the floor and pick it up and wipe it off on it’s dirty pants then it just isn’t for me.

  19. Rev Jim Jones

    June 18, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Best news for the customer service oriented is the robot is no less personable than the human it replaces.

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