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    Quote Originally Posted by Engine-Ear View Post
    I agree with Djinn, Flippy is a novelty and there is nothing new about any of it's tech. I minored in robotics in engineering school and we had robotic arms that were just as advanced twenty years ago. If those burgers slide a few inches in any direction Flippy will flip out, it is only capable of following a program, it's just an expensive spatula.
    Nicely put.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    If you want a fun social experiment, sit back and watch some of the self order kiosks or self checkouts. There is a massive generation gap between who uses them and who doesn't. Our local bank now has a $5 per transaction if you go to a teller for anything that can be done via the ATM or mobile banking. Seniors are taking a hit on that big time as they still prefer tellers. A lot of places are also offering deals or fees if you mail a bill vs pay online.
    I like the self check at grocery stores because I can scan a hell of a lot faster than some of the clerks that are just slow a shit. I'm just standing there anyway, waiting. I also prefer to bag my groceries, I tell them to just hand it to me I'll bag. Moves the line quicker. If not, they usually try to pack it all nice. Just throw it all in one bag, its all going to the same place anyway.

    Don't know why I never bought my own bags for the longest time. They are big, and you just throw it over your shoulder instead of carrying 12 bags with a couple fingers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Perhaps - but humans are also more versatile. The human flipping the burgers probably knows how to handle the french-fry station. And if more burgers need to be brought out from the walk-in freezer, the same guy who flips the burgers can walk into the deep-freeze, retrieve a new box, open it, transfer the burgers to the smaller freezer, throw out the plastic wrap, and discard the box (collapsing it properly).

    Robots may be capable of doing one or two things very efficiently, but only a human can perform several dozen different tasks as required.
    I imagine they could have a few employees fill in or be on call for such situations. What happens to the fancy restaurant if the chef is ill? They have a backup ready or on call to come in and fill in. This would be similar. Plus if these things become commonplace, the technicians will be everywhere. Ever seen an ATM down for more than a few hours? A technician is on call as the ATMs are critical components.
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    Carl's Jr. has had a system for years that runs burgers through it's charbroiler and when they come out on the other side they are perfect.

    Someone loads 25 at a time into the broiler and not even a minute later they come out the other side.

    People think of robots the way they think of the internet.

    They believe that if they just get a website, things will just sell themselves and they can kick back and collect money.

    Well, only if you do what businesses have been doing for ages: advertise to get your website in front of people.

    And, people seem to believe that all you do is buy a robot, tell it what you want it to do, and whamo, you can go off to Tahiti and come back to a pile of money the robot made for you...

    Setting up one robot in one burger joint is one thing, putting 100 of them in 100 stores and having them all work smoothly is quite another thing.

    I like robots, but they can be a real pain in the ass, and replacing people is not as easy as some might imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    So... You'll need human staff, PLUS Flippy?
    From the looks of the video, they aren't ready to make the fast food restaurant fully automated. Plus, I think it's a mistake to say "this time saving/labor saving device is useless because it can't run an entire restaurant by itself."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    Bill Gates isn't thinking this through. Computers, and software like Microsoft Office put THOUSANDS of secretaries, accountants, and record-keepers out of work. Thanks to computers, and office software, a guy with a spreadsheet can perform complex accounting faster than a roomful of finance personnel. While computers and software lack much in the way of moving parts, they still represent automation in the same manner as robots. And I don't think that computer servers should be "taxed."
    But it created an entire industry of IT, software engineers, etc which pay a lot more than secretaries

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engine-Ear View Post
    I agree with Djinn, Flippy is a novelty and there is nothing new about any of it's tech. I minored in robotics in engineering school and we had robotic arms that were just as advanced twenty years ago. If those burgers slide a few inches in any direction Flippy will flip out, it is only capable of following a program, it's just an expensive spatula.
    You're clearly out of touch. This thing has bluetooth, bro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thx1138 View Post
    Carl's Jr. has had a system for years that runs burgers through it's charbroiler and when they come out on the other side they are perfect.

    Someone loads 25 at a time into the broiler and not even a minute later they come out the other side.

    People think of robots the way they think of the internet.

    They believe that if they just get a website, things will just sell themselves and they can kick back and collect money.

    Well, only if you do what businesses have been doing for ages: advertise to get your website in front of people.

    And, people seem to believe that all you do is buy a robot, tell it what you want it to do, and whamo, you can go off to Tahiti and come back to a pile of money the robot made for you...

    Setting up one robot in one burger joint is one thing, putting 100 of them in 100 stores and having them all work smoothly is quite another thing.

    I like robots, but they can be a real pain in the ass, and replacing people is not as easy as some might imagine.

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    I don't think anyone thinks they will replace all humans. They will just lower the number needed. When I worked fast food in high school, the fryer had an attendant. One who loaded it, put it down and then raised it when the time was up. Now the new fryers just need a human to put the food in the basket and push a button. So normally the cook or the drive thru person does that as well. Eliminated a position. This will be similar, Flippy will aid them and if "it" needs assistance there will be a human there to throw a burger in the machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    But it created an entire industry of IT, software engineers, etc which pay a lot more than secretaries
    True but that requires a college education. Those without the money or the means falls behind. Its what leads to income inequality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    You're clearly out of touch. This thing has bluetooth, bro.
    My head is hung in shame.........
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