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Several million of America's lower class are about to become outsourced to robots

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posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:04 PM
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Several million of America's lower class are about to become outsourced to robots


www.zerohedge.com

From Fox Biz: "McDonald's is jumping on the technology bandwagon with a new system that will soon change the way European customers order food -- picture computers instead of humans asking whether customers prefer fries and supersizes.
That would mean, in part, the end of cash payments." Also picture no more millions of job applicants for something, anything at the Golden Arches. And like that another several million of America's lower class are about to become outsourced to robots.
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posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:04 PM
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When you here this kind of news, you better get yourself an education in science, technology, engineering, or math. Don't go for liberal arts. Woot! Woot!


The fast-food restaurant, known for its golden arches, Big Mac burgers and Happy Meals, will replace cashiers with touch-screen terminals and swipe cards at its 7,000 chain restaurants in Europe, according to the Financial Times.

And just like reprofiling is now a pretty word (even if it means very ugly things), so "efficiency" is and continues to be the good ole' "synergies" also known as mass layoffs.


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posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:05 PM
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sky net

is coming soon

it will replace us all

we are obsolete now



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:06 PM
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Looks like Zeitgeist was correct. We either embrace it and end currency, or pretend like its not a big problem and realize that we have massive unemployment because almost every non-desk job (including surgery) is taken by robots.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:08 PM
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Originally posted by Truther9111776
sky net

is coming soon

it will replace us all

we are obsolete now


Lol.

Because technology is a bad thing right?



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:10 PM
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I often wonder if this 'No cash, card only' ploy is so they can track all that consume their test vehicles for GM and other experimental foods.

When they go to the Dr their records are synchronised by 'some one some where' and a flag raised against their name.

A bit like cattle being tested in the field



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:10 PM
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Thanks for the post. With technology increasing so rapidly robots and computers taking over simple tasks and jobs is inevitable. It is sad that many people will lose their jobs over computers, many high school and college kids will be outed of fast food jobs.And out goes customer service as well, but as long as the robots don't spit in my burger well meh but I don't think they'll be flipping those burgers with love either.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:13 PM
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if people want to do anything, they'll stop taking their fatasses to mcdonalds employing robots.......



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:13 PM
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Originally posted by MIDNIGHTSUN
When you here this kind of news, you better get yourself an education in science, technology, engineering, or math. Don't go for liberal arts. Woot! Woot!


Naw , naw MIGHTNIGHTSUN . They don't require an education in math , science , engineering or technology , they don't even need an education . Just elect a community organizer and it's free cash for life for everyone . Change you can believe in .



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:16 PM
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The problem is that only the people that own and control technology are benefiting. Labor is not benefiting. In fact, labor may be working harder than ever because of it. There's no more secretaries, everyone types their own communications in addition to doing whatever they were already doing.

In my IDEAL society, the rewards of technology would be shared, and families would be free to leave one person home to work for the family.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:16 PM
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This is great news. Progress is always a good thing.

As for the loss of jobs, well, the fact that some people could be so easily replaced by a lump of metal speaks volumes of their usefulness to society.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:19 PM
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Good thing I don't eat at McDeath's.
But in the way of automated systems, I will not use any at all.
At the supermarket I will stand in line for a half hour before I would use the self checkout.
And if there is no human alternative, I simply would not shop there.
If the $7 an hour checker is too expensive to hire, then maybe a corporation should cut some administrative fat.
I'm sure an Exec. makes a ton more not to mention the benefits Etc.
Rich getting richer and the poor just dying off, this is what is killing the world, GREED.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:22 PM
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Originally posted by TheOneElectric
Looks like Zeitgeist was correct. We either embrace it and end currency, or pretend like its not a big problem and realize that we have massive unemployment because almost every non-desk job (including surgery) is taken by robots.

Yay! Marxism with robots, bring it on!



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:23 PM
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I know it's bad for jobs. I get that. But with something like that I wouldn't have to look at a McD's employee that treats my like I'm wasting their time.

I'm also a very...not anti-social...but I get awkward when I have to talk to a person I don't know.

I don't see why they still couldn't take cash. Wal-Mart has self checkouts that take cash like a change machine would. I think it works out ok. You just need to have someone trained to be able to take care of something if the machine malfunctioned.

Plus, I've NEVER been to a McD's where every line was open. Two, tops, are usually open. The one I worked at in high school had four registers and we never used them all. Maybe something like this could cut down on wait time.

It's hard for me to be absolutely for or against something like this. I think it would be something to experiment with and maybe still have the option to talk to an actual employee instead of a machine.

But this is all just my opinion.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:24 PM
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Originally posted by Epiphron
This is great news. Progress is always a good thing.

As for the loss of jobs, well, the fact that some people could be so easily replaced by a lump of metal speaks volumes of their usefulness to society.


Yeah, but there are issues, especially when the same people become actively antagonistic to society when they don't have jobs, but do have energy. Many of these folks may be ignorant, but not all of them are stupid. Even if they are functionally illiterate, that doesn't mean they are stupid. IMO one of the worst powder kegs in the world today is unemployed youth. Witness the Middle East. Nothing to do, so let's riot. (BTW, I was just there a couple of weeks before the excitement.)

I'm just saying that we need to find a way to involve these folks in suitable pursuits that will allow them to 'pursue happiness' and all that.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:28 PM
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Well there's always the TSA.


I hear they plan on needing enough people for every bus stop and metro station.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:28 PM
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We now have self checkout at our grocery store, our big box store and most recently at a big hardware store.

How hard is it to slide your item over a bar-code reader.

Why shouldn't other stores adopt this same technology. How hard is it for the average person to touch some keys to order a burger?

Is working the cash register at a fast food store really a career?

Time moves forward. How many buggy whip makers are still in existence?



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:36 PM
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I talk about this with family and friends, when we agreed that the fast food industry SHOULD be ran by robots ( other than the cooks)...

picture touch screen
electronic/ digital payment
less error and quicker service

Plus the grocery store chains are slowly implementing this practice with the self-scan.

I was in the checkout line and the cashier was rushing through the checkout. I told her to slow down, that I wasn't in a rush.
She responded that she couldn't slow down because they were now being timed to gage how long it takes them to check someone out.

Wow...they are going to eventually replace all the checkers with machines.

Knowing this, I stress to my children the importance of education and being intelligent, especially for their generation.

Yes, I support transformation into a 'New World Order', as that us what our society is transforming into.

Kinda like 'get down or lay down'



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:36 PM
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wow; whoever edited this report, just wow.

if americans who work at mcdonalds are low class what is high class? and if "jobs" are outsourced to robots will this mean more people who are not involved in the "class" system are going to become "low" class or are people going to become "high" class? the report on zero hedge is not titled the same; is the manipulation and play on words used to incite or entice conversation(the thread title)?

is it safe for me to assume that europeans think workers at mcdonalds are low class, because i think their bigots! and if 7000 franchises switch to a computer gui based system or else/more its safe for me to say that europeans think more people will be outclassed; which is still bigoted! its the people who play the class game that predicate on others a status of inequality.



posted on May, 17 2011 @ 04:38 PM
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Someday it will be a privilege to work - any job! A little less spent on making war, a little admin fat trimmed and the US can put everyone on a free monthly check and food stamps and not just the two-digit number that use them, etc now. Government-subsidized housing and perhaps a way to chose the hovel you want to occupy. They can supply you with some basic recreation, television, and some pocket change and people can live without working, just live off the fat of the land.

However, if a person wants some real luxury, some status, he will have to prove himself worthy of having a job, any kind of job, and can actually have more than the m asses are given. That's where it seems the world is heading. You may need a degree in the future in order to work a subserviant occupation. Of course, why train and educate people at all? Those families with the means can pay to have their children taught to read and do arithmetic so that they can work, the rest of the folks won't need to.

Americanistan would have the population they desire, or the one they deserve.


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