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January 15, 2014

Momentum machines

has a machine designed to replace fast food workers capable of serving 360 hamburgers per hour.

The sandwiches emerge fully assembled, with bun, relish, sauce and patty at “gourmet quality”. For it can grind and chop its ingredients fresh. It never forgets to wash up. Always adds the right amount of seasoning — or perhaps the customer would like to adjust it himself. It is designed to replace the armies of low paid workers, for whom a fast food job is an entry level position and — for some — a career. Founded by engineers from Berkeley, Stanford, UCSB, and USC, Momentum is looking to hire a few good people, namely: a mechatronics engineer and a machine vision specialist. Belmont Club » The Fearful Future

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 15, 2014 4:01 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Great idea. Just the answer to the crowd who insists on $15 an hour for a fast food worker.

Posted by: Darkwater at January 15, 2014 5:36 PM

Employee: "I want $15 per hour!"
Employer: "Don't make me replace you with a machine!"

Posted by: Jimmy J. at January 15, 2014 7:17 PM

The Unions and the picketers are still behaving as if they are facing the world of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford. The bosses are acting as if they are in a new century.

Example: There is no need to pay Workers Compensation claims for repetitive motion injuries when the motions are done by machines - either call service under warranty or retire the machine for a new one.

Welcome to the future. (And I am darn glad I am going on 48; I should be able to leave before I am made surplus.)

Posted by: Mikey NTH at January 15, 2014 7:54 PM

I'll bet it will have a decent chance of getting your order right. "I said no ketchup"

Posted by: Fat Man at January 15, 2014 9:15 PM

And just think, a machine probably won't spit in your diet coke.

Posted by: Jack at January 16, 2014 6:37 AM

But the person loading the food into the machine might spit on the food.

(Probably not, you can pay the food loader a better salary if there are no other employees)

Posted by: Potsie at January 16, 2014 10:00 AM

In time, everything becomes obsolete, even people.

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 16, 2014 5:37 PM

The food loader will get at least $15, but he'll need a background in production and robotics.

Posted by: Estoy Listo at January 16, 2014 8:18 PM

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