McDonald’s to test run AI-powered drive-thru windows that don’t need employees to take orders

Posted by $ BobCat 5 months, 4 weeks ago to Business
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“... McDonald’s began considering introducing a lot more automation in its stores around 2016 after employees began demanding that the minimum hourly wage be increased to $15. This is when then-CEO Ed Rensi noted that it would be cheaper for McDonald’s to use robots than people.

“It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries,” he said. “If you can’t get people for a reasonable minimum wage, you’re going to get machines to do the work.”...”

And so the workforce will continued to be bailed out with handouts from Big Brother... time to stop producing and let the system crumble.

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  • Posted by 25n56il4 5 months, 4 weeks ago
    Too bad all those people drawing unemployment decided to stay at home rather than work. Now they are being replaced. Looks like a trend.
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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 5 months, 4 weeks ago
    I bet the dozen or so subcontractors who makes the software and services the machines in the region each make more than $15/hr. Damn shame 100s unskilled laborers in that state, county, town, city are going on unempliiyment and/or welfare. Shortsighted sloth and sense of entitlement.
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 5 months, 4 weeks ago
    No much as they screw up and as many look really strange, tattooed, hair piled on the top of their heads looking like a decrepit skyscraper...I'd take a person over AI any day of the week.

    Ai at McDonalds certainly fits well with the so called food they serve.

    Yes, I get it, a business has to respond differently in today's dystopian much for equal outcome.
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    • Posted by $ 5 months, 4 weeks ago
      Business trying to survive by producing a product and attempting to keep prices low and remain competitive, consumers wanting a product only for its convenience and seems willing to pay a higher price , while the workers are shocked and upset that a robot will work harder and more cheaply than a human.
      Meanwhile govt rabidly shouts “The Solution Is Higher Wages”.

      Somebody please turn on the lights when the movie is over...
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