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So it's come to this- even the robots are now lining up for those 'jobs of last resort' flipping burgers.

Momentum Machines - a San Francisco-based robotics company has unveiled the 'Smart Restaurants' machine which is capable of making ~360 'customized' gourmet burgers per hour without the aid of a human. First Jamba Juice, then Applebees, next McDonalds..

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.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-12/meet-smart-restaurant-minimum-wage-crushing-burger-flipping-robot

I'm not so sure- having a machine make your burger will reduce the McDonalds experience to mechanical exercise in which all the ambiance we currently associate with a 'Big Mac' restaurant will be gone.

Ok- that was a joke. :D

All we need now is for someone to invent a robot consumer and we will be laughing.

Edited by wonderpup

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Don't worry, once even the minimum wage jobs have gone, they'll be conscripted into some kind of National Service to repair potholes or fight World War 4. Everything will be OK.

They`ll probably end up in the burgers!

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Is that irony in your title, wonderpup? :) NMW does indeed force robots to do jobs which are uneconomic for humans to do.

Still, at least it removes another soul destroying job. It is just a shame that rent seekers will be the winners in our current political system though.

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It's not really a robot is it. :angry:

Burger_MC_zps159ef3d8.jpg

You can see at the top is the hopper where you put all the burger flippers hopes and aspirations for the future, this proceeds down through the grinder and is pulverised further. Eventually ending up down the bottom chute as a pre packaged, old, bitter and twisted individual, that leaves a shitty taste in the mouth.

Our alpha machine frees up all of the hamburger line cooks in a restaurant. (eh, to do what? not get a job... that's what!)

It does everything employees can do except better:

http://momentummachines.com/#product

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The interesting thing is that there is no agency anywhere as far as I know that is seriously tracking the implications of this kind of technology.

For everything else yes- we have busybodies in central or local government sticking their snouts in every facet of our lives- some councils even put cameras in peoples dustbins to check their 'waste management' compliance- but when it comes to the impact that technology may or may not be having on the jobs of millions of people in the near future there is no interest whatsoever- it's a complete non issue.

But I don't see how we can continue to go down this road much longer without addressing the reality that technology is quietly eroding the employment prospects of more and more people.

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It's not really a robot is it. :angry:

You can see at the top is the hopper where you put all the burger flippers hopes and aspirations for the future, this proceeds down through the grinder and is pulverised further. Eventually ending up down the bottom chute as a pre packaged, old, bitter and twisted individual, that leaves a shitty taste in the mouth.

http://momentummachines.com/#product

Easily cleaned and reloaded? Fail.

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Easily cleaned and reloaded? Fail.

Not quite. You have 1 machine + 1 operator, they serve customers and clean/load the machine. It will make/cook 400 in an hour!

The other 8 chefs can get down the job centre. :lol:

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against such machines, I'm against people who moan about others not getting of their asses when jobs are being vaporized before our very eyes.

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What's the problem? The flippers can get highly paid jobs designing robots instead. Those that don't can use their time and society's extra productivity to pursue their dreams to the betterment of humanity: art, poetry, philosophy a cure for cancer... A new Jerusalem beckons.

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What's the problem? The flippers can get highly paid jobs designing robots instead. Those that don't can use their time and society's extra productivity to pursue their dreams to the betterment of humanity: art, poetry, philosophy a cure for cancer... A new Jerusalem beckons.

And how many more people would that put out of their job?

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From their site:

http://momentummachines.com/#product

The issue of machines and job displacement has been around for centuries and economists generally accept that technology like ours actually causes an increase in employment. The three factors that contribute to this are 1. the company that makes the robots must hire new employees, 2. the restaurant that uses our robots can expand their frontiers of production which requires hiring more people, and 3. the general public saves money on the reduced cost of our burgers. This saved money can then be spent on the rest of the economy. We take these issues very seriously so please feel free to tell us how we can help with this transition.

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The chefs will buy one of those robots, stick it in a van and sell direct to you. Like fish and chips. Why going to McRobots when it can come to you. Can it be adopted to have a fish and chips attachment?

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The issue of machines and job displacement has been around for centuries and economists generally accept that technology like ours actually causes an increase in employment. The three factors that contribute to this are 1. the company that makes the robots must hire new employees, 2. the restaurant that uses our robots can expand their frontiers of production which requires hiring more people, and 3. the general public saves money on the reduced cost of our burgers. This saved money can then be spent on the rest of the economy. We take these issues very seriously so please feel free to tell us how we can help with this transition.

This only works if we assume the new jobs being spun off cannot also be automated- but it's likely that many of them could be.

The more interesting point is that this company feels the need to publicly defend itself against the charge that it's taking people's jobs away- not something that technology companies have felt the need to do in the past.

There seems to be a growing defensiveness among those who are developing labor saving technologies of late- they seem quite nervous about any suggestion that their labor saving gadgets will in fact save any labor- which is a bit odd on the face of it. :D

What I think the Economists have misunderstood is that the computer was originally dubbed 'the universal machine' for a reason- unlike previous disruptive technologies like steam power the disruption caused by computer technology is universal- it impacts on many sectors simultaneously- which creates a scenario in which displaced labor from one sector has no where to migrate too- because other sectors are also being disrupted in a similar fashion.

In any case they are looking back down the shaft of the hockey stick and claiming it not really all that curved- unaware that toward the end that curve becomes a lot more important.

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Not just robots, foreign robots stealing our jobs.

This is genius:

So, if an immigrant can take your job then you're obviously a monumental minimum wage loser and should probably just kill yourself.

Funny guy.

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