• CA Raises Minimum Wage – First Burger Joint Run Entirely By Robots Set To Open

    There’s been a lot of arguing about the Minimum Wage in recent months.

    California Governor, Jerry Brown, was all for forcing it ever higher.

    From National Review:

    Economically, minimum wages may not make sense,” said California governor Jerry Brown on Monday. He then signed a bill mandating a 50 percent increase in California’s minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 over six years.

    Lost amid the rhetoric about $15 an hour being a boon for the working poor is this: The entire effort to raise the minimum wage is being pushed by organized labor, mostly government-employee unions. Virtually every vote in favor of $15 an hour in California was accompanied by copious campaign contributions from unions, totaling about $10 million. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) even delivered large campaign contributions to five key Democrats (who may have been having second thoughts) on the day of the vote. The odd part is that very few of their members make minimum wage. In 2015, only 510 California state employees did, mostly interns, students, and part-time conservation-corps workers. So why were these unions so eager to press for a huge hike in the minimum wage? Some numbers from California hint at why.

    All those powerful Unions and Politicians may be getting a glimpse of the effects of an inflated minimum wage.

    How about a burger joint with NO EMPLOYEES? None…other than robots.

    From Tech Insider:

    A robot-powered burger joint is coming to San Francisco.

    In 2012, secretive robotics startup Momentum Machines debuted a machine that could crank out 400 made-to-order hamburgers in an hour. It’s fully autonomous, meaning the robot can slice toppings, grill a patty, and assemble and bag the burger without any help from humans. The internet flipped out.

    Years of relative silence ensued, but in January, Hoodline’s Brittany Hopkins learned that the San Francisco-based startup had applied for a building permit to convert a ground-floor retail space in the SoMa neighborhood into a restaurant.

    Now it looks like the restaurant is actually happening. A job posting on Craigslist from early June gives us our first glimpse into how the company’s future flagship, presumably opening soon, might work.

    “This location will feature the world-premiere of our proprietary and remarkable new advances in technology that enable the automatic creation of impossibly delicious burgers at prices everyone can afford,” the ad explains.

    Custodial staff will still be needed.

    Other than that, line cooks, front register folks, managers, all gone. Bye.

    The prototype could replace two to three full-time line cooks, saving a fast-food restaurant up to $90,000 a year in training, salaries, and overhead costs, tech blog Xconomy reportedafter catching a live demo.

    “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” Momentum Machines cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas told Xconomy in 2012. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.”

    In case you were wondering…obviate means to utterly eliminate, as in, to get rid of or eliminate!

    A meaty controversy is shaping up

    From the consumer side of things, a Momentum Machines restaurant is a burger lover’s dream. Your burger arrives exactly as you like it.

    A recent post on tech blog Nanalyze describes the perks of an automated cooking process: No robot will ever spit in your food or add mayo when you asked for the burger without. A robot won’t take an extra minute to prepare your meal because it’s checking Facebook.

    Burgers will be fast, cheap, and personalized for your taste buds.

    Minimum wage laws work fantastically, unless of course you had a minimum wage job…which has just been obviated!


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