An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
Since: Sep 11
#1 Oct 17, 2013
We saw this coming a mile away. It's the beginning of the end of fast food jobs.
Those folks who have made a career out of monitoring the deep fryer had better start looking at getting some training in robotics and computer science.
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Since: Oct 09
Former MN Taxpayer
#3 Oct 17, 2013
Great topic, cant. Especially in light of the current economy and the perception being pushed by the Obama Administration that the economy is in recovery.
Approximately 4,100,000 people work in the fast food industry in this country. Within 10 years there could easily be over 2,000,000 unemployed former fast food workers. Robotics will dominate this industry.
Approximately 1,220,000 people are employed cutting grass and landscaping. Did you know there are grass seeds available now that are genetically modified to stop growing between 1 and 3 in height? Oops! There goes another million jobs.
Look at the auto manufacturing industry. The auto industry labor force is now approximately 1/4 what it was in 1980. Over a million good union jobs vanished. Why? Robotics is a key part of that answer. Not only are the machines faster, they produce a better product and do it at a lower cost.
Agriculture is another industry that has experienced a gigantic downturn in employment. From tractors run by GPS and computers that will plant and harvest food products to food production facilities that will completely manufacture, package, palletize, and load a semitrailer without any human hands touching the product.
The times they are a changin. The list goes on and on. Think your low skilled union job is safe? Think again.
You damn well better be prepared to fend for yourself with the latest technological skills, or you will find yourself in soup kitchen saying thank you for the free meals that are being passed out to the other long term unemployed people.
Since: Sep 11
#10 Oct 17, 2013
Hey all you labor union folks, fast food workers, unskilled laborers, etc. I'm here to help. Just a heads up while you still have time. Manual labor for humans is going to be history in just a couple of decades so get on your shop stewards and union leaders and start pushing now to get the unions to get you retrained for the future. This is one of the reasons you pay dues. Make the unions pay for your re-training.
Then again, if manual labor goes away, there really won't be any more need for labor unions now will there?
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