Sure you can have $15/hr serving fast food. But your job no longer exists.

From Tech Insider:

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. More.

Reality check: If this one doesn’t work, the next one will. It’s not a problem to progressives that the job no long exists because transferring the former employee to the welfare roles means another dole (as opposed to prole), and doles are much more reliable than proles.

They don’t work so they’re not interested in rational issues, but rather in increasingly irrational entitlements and grievances. Thus they are easy to manipulate.

See also: Disability rights: Failed bar exams, sues.

  • terrence22

    I am coming to think that the union goons, and all the other fools, who claim to support the $15 an hour “living wage” ALL HAVE A LOT OF STOCKS IN THESE ROBOT COMPANIES.

    • V10_Rob

      Wouldn’t surprise me at all. The enviro elites are deeply invested in dodgy green industries and carbon credit trading schemes, and every time they get their snake oil government-approved, they hit the jackpot.

  • Dana Garcia

    How is the economy supposed to work when half the jobs have disappeared due to automation in a couple decades (the prediction of Oxford researchers)? Having a robust system of production doesn’t go far when there aren’t millions of consumers with money (from wages) to spend.

    Plus, it goes without saying that further admittance of immigrants is a bad idea.

    • canminuteman

      We are heading into uncharted territory and it is going to get interesting.

      • Dana Garcia

        It would be nice if our political leaders were paying attention. It’s not reassuring when both pols and pundits are still scratching their heads about the jobless recovery.

  • WalterBannon

    So remind me, what jobs do we need all these uneducated, unskilled, and ignorant barbarian Syrian colonists to do?

    • Clausewitz

      None come to mind.

  • Alain

    On top of what others have already mentioned here, I would like to point out that $15 an hour actually to more for the employer in Canada who is saddled with paying the government mandated benefits. This spells the death of small family run businesses and a few others, which means even fewer employment opportunities for young unskilled workers.

    • Frances

      And those minimum wage jobs were a good opportunity for young’uns coming out of high school to earn money and get a taste of the “real world”, not to mention finding out their own strengths and weaknesses. There’s nothing like a not-great summer job at minimum wage to strengthen a kid’s desire to get a training of some sort. But that job often provides the kid a first glance into the adult world and a sense of what he/she would be good at in the future.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In the UK there’s a movement to make robots ‘people’ so that employers have to pay all the taxes and levies accorded to employees.

    • V10_Rob

      I doubt those twits have twigged to the corollary: that if robots are people, then people are robots: disposable and interchangeable components in the machine.

      • El Martyachi

        Look around man… we’re already there.

        • V10_Rob

          Yeah, but I mean getting rid of any pretense and explicitly codifying it in law that we are indentured employees, like all the worst dystopian sci-fi where everything is run by The Corporation TM.

  • Samuel

    Here’s something interesting: What if every worker in the United States got paid minimum wage for the work they do?