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A former McDonald's CEO warned that robots will take over staff jobs at the fast food empire - because it's cheaper than employing humans.

Ed Rensi has said that buying highly skilled robotics is a cheaper alternative than employing people on minimum wage to work in the company's worldwide restaurants.

He warned that huge job losses are imminent, and commented that it would be 'common sense' to replace humans in the workplace.

This comes as a study into the future of human employment has predicted a surge in machine-led work such as robotic counsellors, body part makers and virtual lawyers.

A battery-powered robot serves dishes up to 8 hour a day in a restaurant in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province

The worrying research, by professor of management practice at London Business School, Lynda Gratton, and futurologist David A. Smith, suggests that humans will be replaced because robots are able to produce better results.

Prof Gratton said: "Studies have suggested that a third of jobs in Europe will be replaced by technology over the next two decades."

If the recent comments are to be believed, McDonald's staff could face the same fate.

Former CEO Ed Rensi said: "I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry.

"It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 (£24,000) robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 (£10.20) an hour bagging French fries.

"It's nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe."

 

 

He told FOX: "It’s not just going to be in the fast food business. Franchising is the best business model in the United States.

"It’s dependent on people that have low job skills that have to grow. Well if you can’t get people a reasonable wage, you’re going to get machines to do the work.

"It’s just common sense. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not. And the more you push this it’s going to happen faster."

Demonstrators demanding an increase in the minimum wage protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant on April 14, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Demonstrators demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $15-dollars-per-hour march around a McDonald's restaurant on April 14, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

Prof Gratton added: "As middle-skilled roles disappear, workers may find that the 'rung' above them no longer exists, and that the career ladder may begin to look more like a career web.

"The ultimate implication is that workers cannot now expect to gain seniority by moving 'up', but rather moving sideways by gaining additional complex skills."

A McDonald’s UK spokesperson said: “The suggestion that McDonald’s is planning to replace employees with robots is completely untrue.

"Our staff are vital to our business and in the UK alone we employ over 110,000 people who serve 3.7m customers every day.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/building-robot-mcdonalds-staff-cheaper-8044106

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1 hour ago, Joremarid said:

Times are about to get rough for a lot of people once robots start taking jobs. 

Automation has been taking jobs for the last century or so. In bowling alleys, there used to be an actual human being that reset the pins and returned your ball. Jobs are rendered obsolete by technology all the time. 

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2 hours ago, silentbob1272 said:

You can only make demands when when you have a leg to stand on

15-dollar-minimum.jpg

 

A former McDonald's CEO warned that robots will take over staff jobs at the fast food empire - because it's cheaper than employing humans.

Ed Rensi has said that buying highly skilled robotics is a cheaper alternative than employing people on minimum wage to work in the company's worldwide restaurants.

He warned that huge job losses are imminent, and commented that it would be 'common sense' to replace humans in the workplace.

This comes as a study into the future of human employment has predicted a surge in machine-led work such as robotic counsellors, body part makers and virtual lawyers.

A battery-powered robot serves dishes up to 8 hour a day in a restaurant in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province

The worrying research, by professor of management practice at London Business School, Lynda Gratton, and futurologist David A. Smith, suggests that humans will be replaced because robots are able to produce better results.

Prof Gratton said: "Studies have suggested that a third of jobs in Europe will be replaced by technology over the next two decades."

If the recent comments are to be believed, McDonald's staff could face the same fate.

Former CEO Ed Rensi said: "I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry.

"It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 (£24,000) robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 (£10.20) an hour bagging French fries.

"It's nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe."

 

 

He told FOX: "It’s not just going to be in the fast food business. Franchising is the best business model in the United States.

"It’s dependent on people that have low job skills that have to grow. Well if you can’t get people a reasonable wage, you’re going to get machines to do the work.

"It’s just common sense. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not. And the more you push this it’s going to happen faster."

Demonstrators demanding an increase in the minimum wage protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant on April 14, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Demonstrators demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $15-dollars-per-hour march around a McDonald's restaurant on April 14, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

Prof Gratton added: "As middle-skilled roles disappear, workers may find that the 'rung' above them no longer exists, and that the career ladder may begin to look more like a career web.

"The ultimate implication is that workers cannot now expect to gain seniority by moving 'up', but rather moving sideways by gaining additional complex skills."

A McDonald’s UK spokesperson said: “The suggestion that McDonald’s is planning to replace employees with robots is completely untrue.

"Our staff are vital to our business and in the UK alone we employ over 110,000 people who serve 3.7m customers every day.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/building-robot-mcdonalds-staff-cheaper-8044106

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Whose at fault here? The leftist governments and outrageous Union demands.

Who will benefit from this? Companies who offer a service and can ultimately do it cheaper thru innovation.

Why the left will cry and riot? Because big government plurocrats have destroyed the work place with political correctness, mandates, higher taxes and more demands of business. Business's are NOT created to create jobs for working people. Companies form to earn money, create opportunities for those who risk, not employee people nor enrich people. 

The huge elephant in the room is the idea that Business bend to all these government edicts. Higher tax's, more paid leave, higher minimum wages, and on top of it, huge regulatory burdens. 

Screw them. Smart people will figure out how to avoid all the damaging leftist weight and burden. Supply and demand is at play here. BRAVO.

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3 hours ago, mdrake34 said:

I'm calling ******** on any study that says robot linwyers are replacing human lawyers. 

I could envision a dystopian fictional setting where they simply plug your case into a database that serves as Judge/Lawyer/Jury and it considers the evidence and pulls precedent from memory banks and out pops your verdict. The end of freedom as we know it sure but at least it would be fair towards race gender and income. (in theory) :ninja:

Not like we don't already have the technology, we just need a fuq'd up situation enough they could get away with implementing it.

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1 hour ago, Free Radical said:

So what happens when the robots become better than any minimum wage employee? 

You can thank the government run public educational system for dumbing down our kids, enslavening them to MORE government and handouts. This was all understood and guaranteed to happen. Raise the minimum wage, you lose jobs, now we are gonna see entire job sectors erased. Robots don't need maternity leave, health insurance, complaint cards and safe spaces. Big Government is causing massive waste, fraud and commerce and business pro's refuse to take it in the rear end.

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2 hours ago, Gritzblitz 2.0 said:

Automation has been taking jobs for the last century or so. In bowling alleys, there used to be an actual human being that reset the pins and returned your ball. Jobs are rendered obsolete by technology all the time. 

It's been happening for centuries. The entire point to the industrial revolution was to churn out more products with less labor.

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3 hours ago, dirtyhairy said:

You can thank the government run public educational system for dumbing down our kids, enslavening them to MORE government and handouts. This was all understood and guaranteed to happen. Raise the minimum wage, you lose jobs, now we are gonna see entire job sectors erased. Robots don't need maternity leave, health insurance, complaint cards and safe spaces. Big Government is causing massive waste, fraud and commerce and business pro's refuse to take it in the rear end.

Norway, Sweden, and Finland all have government run educational systems, better pay do to collective bargaining (nearly everyone belongs to a union), better benefits, and all workers are guaranteed 25 paid vacation days on top of the 16 work-free holidays a year. 

Yet they score higher than us in educational scores, average wages, debt compared to GDP, with higher economic upward mobility, and less corruption. How can they do it, but we can't?  

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9 minutes ago, Free Radical said:

Norway, Sweden, and Finland all have government run educational systems, better pay do to collective bargaining (nearly everyone belongs to a union), better benefits, and all workers are guaranteed 25 paid vacation days on top of the 16 work-free holidays a year. 

Yet they score higher than us in educational scores, average wages, debt compared to GDP, with higher economic upward mobility, and less corruption. How can they do it, but we can't?  

It's American Exceptionalism.

We can do ANYTHING***

***Except decent wages for workers

***Except quality health care for all citizens

***Except good educational opportunities for everyone

***Except reducing mass shootings

***Except pretty much anything that would make society a better place.

 

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1 minute ago, Leon Troutsky said:

It's American Exceptionalism.

We can do ANYTHING***

***Except decent wages for workers

***Except quality health care for all citizens

***Except good educational opportunities for everyone

***Except reducing mass shootings

***Except pretty much anything that would make society a better place.

But we're ******* excellent at bombing other countries! God ******* ****** are we good at that. 

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8 hours ago, Free Radical said:

Norway, Sweden, and Finland all have government run educational systems, better pay do to collective bargaining (nearly everyone belongs to a union), better benefits, and all workers are guaranteed 25 paid vacation days on top of the 16 work-free holidays a year. 

Yet they score higher than us in educational scores, average wages, debt compared to GDP, with higher economic upward mobility, and less corruption. How can they do it, but we can't?  

Education is a cultural thing.  The US will never have better aggregate educational performance than Sweden.

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