PM– In 2012, robotics start up Momentum Machines invented a machine that can make a burger from start to finish. This impressive feat will soon be put to use with a robot-run burger restaurant in the South of Market area in San Francisco.
A job posting on Craigslist popped up this month for a restaurant manager, giving us a hint of what we can expect from this robo-dining experience. “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 read.
The restaurant manager won’t just get to kick back Jetsons-style though. Even if there are no cooks, there’s still work to be done. “[You will] learn to do everything that’s part of running a restaurant in San Francisco. That includes taking customers’ orders, scheduling shifts, and occasionally taking out the trash and tidying up,” the ad explains. But there are some unique opportunities that come from working in such an innovative environment. “We’re looking for people open to learning skills including software troubleshooting, market research, and product development research,” the Craigslist post added.
Many people worry that the use of work-saving robotic technology like this machine will put vast numbers of people out of work. They might be right–one study from last year predicted that there’s a 96.3% chance of restaurant cooks being put out of work by automation. Momentum Machines says that their project will actually create jobs by providing opportunities in restaurant management and technology development. That probably isn’t too comforting to your average line cook.
The future looks bleak for fast food workers looking for $15/hr.
There have been talks of self-serve kiosks to reduce the burden of the proposed insane new minimum wage. This is the first legitimate plan for replacing burger flippers.
Something tells me this will not go over well with the bleeding-hearts in San Francisco.
What do you think, good idea?