The fast food joints will soon be adding a lot of new, higher paying, jobs.
The new federal minimum wage, promised by the Dims, will bring about the
automated systems for fast food retailing.
As unionizing of farm workers led to new machinery that replaced thousands
of farm works in the lettuce fields for example. Pickers were replaced with
higher paying technical jobs, for those that operate and maintain the new
automated equipment. Far fewer of them, but better paid by far.
I was recently in one of the new automated hamburger joints with my great
grandson. It has 1/5 as many workers per shift.
All one needs to do is press a picture of what you want to eat and drink,
pick it up from the slots and pay the ONE person out front. ;)
Sounds cool, I haven't seen the automated hamburger places yet, but
it brings back memories of the Horn and Horn (or Horn and Hardart) Automat
in Times Square way back when.
How do they keep the food fresh? Seems to me
less popular selections could be sitting for quite a while before
Can they provide for "having it MY way".... one of the benefits of
eating at Burger King versus McD's or "Big Dave's" (Wendy's).
A lot of retail outlets have been installing the self-service checkouts
(wal mart, home depot, Giant Food Stores). Good idea as they
are always available during retail hours and take only a few seconds
to learn. The wal mart system seems to have quite a few serious bugs
but at least I don't leave the packages behind as often happens with
those idiotic bagging stations.
The use of Robotics was supposed to change the manufacturering
process in the auto industry. Was there actual widespread implementation
and acceptance of this technology in the Big 3 or was this fought by
They are not vending machines. The food is not made that far in advance of
being sold. As to automated vehicle assembly plant, you have obviously not
been in one of the newer assembly plants, if you believe that. ;)
I believe the Japanese were of the first to institute significant robotics
usage in the manufacture
of automobiles. Note the importance of 'significant'. American
manufacturers have utilized it,
but were a bit slower to integrate to the levels others did.
The British used to, and still do to some degree, crow about their 'hand
made' prowess. British
cars hit the dumper long ago, and still have not recovered to the level they
once were. The British
tend to have innovative engineering, but shit for products.
It is my believe that it is difficult if not impossible to mass produce a
modern automobile to the precise
standards required to give high quality, quiet rides, good handling, and
durability without computer
controlled robotic lines, followed by meaningful QC procedures.
Maybe Im wrong, and am sure I will be called to task for it.
I have been driving my son's Peugeot 307 for the past month, and am amazed
at the responsiveness,
smoothness, and economy of this little car. They have made very significant
progress over the past
years, and I would still like to know what they are doing differently to get
this level of ride comfort.
GM used to be, in my opinion, the unchallenged king of smooth and
responsive, quiet rides, of the US
producers. Maybe they still are. But they are not the kings of the world
apparently. Why not?
There are of course robot in every car factory
The Unions can not, could not and should not stand completely in the
The robots can and could ake life easier for everyone
There is an obvious tendency for the robots to take over the most
The Unions have in some degree tried to hinder the robots from removing
jobs from human robots
Both american managers and unions are to blame for slow acceptance of
The japanese were much quicker using substantial amount of robots and
life easier for the workers
Let the robots make sure everything was done
computers do not forget or try to hide mistakes like human may try to
New techniques have made it easier for anyone to mass produce for a
relative low cost pretty much anything
You do not need big overheads nor long lines
Big is a burden nowadays
GM has too much baggage and too much inertia to fight off the smaller,
quicker, and agile rivals
Toyota has had over 60 years to improve their techniques and GM is
simple doing too little too late
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