July 5, 2017
Robots will quickly become a major part of the fast food industry over the next decade.
Pretty soon there will be no need for low wage labor from third world populations to work in the fast food industry. The future of this business is moving towards robotics and automation.
Grilling burgers may be fun on the Fourth of July, but less so if hot grease is your daily grind.
Enter Miso Robotics. The southern California start-up has built a robotic “kitchen assistant” called Flippy to do the hot, greasy and repetitive work of a fry cook. Flippy employs machine learning and computer vision to identify patties on a grill, track them as they cook, flip and then place them on a bun when they’re done.
Miso is part of a budding kitchen automation industry. Its peers include Zume Pizza, Cafe X, Makr Shakr, Frobot and Sally, which are developing robots to help commercial kitchens churn out pizzas, lattes, cocktails, frozen yogurt, and salads.
In a recent CNBC interview, Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed predicted robots would replace fast food workers by the mid-2020s. It’s not as if workers love those jobs.
Employee turnover in the restaurants and accommodations sector was 73 percent in 2016, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fry cooks, the people who flip burgers (or fillets) all day at a hot grill, move on from the job faster than others in the field.
They’ve already got burger-flipping robots.
There’s even a robotic pizza restaurant.
McDonald’s is already adopting automated kiosk ordering systems.
This type of technology is only going to get cheaper. Eventually it will become a commodity sort of like what we’ve seen with computers and smart phones.
Demands from the Bernie Sanders crowd for a $15 an hour minimum wage have only sped up the adoption of this technology. They’re basically asking the government to mandate a wage that is above and beyond what the job is really worth. This means that restaurants will scale back on their hiring and look towards automation to keep their businesses solvent.
We are going to see this trend continue in other industries as well. The need for cheap labor to perform repetitive and mundane tasks is eventually going to disappear. All that will be needed are intelligent White men to manage, maintain and update these advanced systems.
This will effectively eliminate the single excuse we’ve been given to justify the presence of these third world populations in our countries. Futurism will make these people totally and completely irrelevant.