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    The Right like to use stories like this to rail against the Minimum Wage and claim if we "got rid of it, businesses wouldn't use robots over people"...


    to which the logical question is..."Okay? How much per hour does it cost the business to operate the robotic worker?"


    Most of them won't know the answer...or won't say (out of intellectual cowardice)....because we ALL know it would be pennies on the hour, which means, the only way a human could compete with the robot...

    would be for the business to pay something like 50 cents an hour in wages....less than starvation wages.

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    You actually don't need a robot to automate many processes.

    This was posted in another thread, but these are PLCs, "Programmable Logic Controllers" and they can be used to automate existing manual equipment and are frigging everywhere across this nation.



    They are cheap ($250 each,) (although that one was I'm sure a lot more.^) very reliable, amazingly so and getting "smarter" all the time.

    And we are most vulnerable to these being hacked, but what isn't in danger of being hacked now?

    I saw a video of someone destroying a $5 million generator that would have taken months to replace.

    They burned it up in just a few minutes by feeding it wacky control information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Have a feeling this is going to be highly controversial..

    A burger-flipping robot has just completed its first day on the job at a restaurant in California, replacing humans at the grill.

    Flippy has mastered the art of cooking the perfect burger and has just started work at CaliBurger, a fast-food chain. The robotic kitchen assistant, which its makers say can be installed in just five minutes, is the brainchild of Miso Robotics. “Much like self-driving vehicles, our system continuously learns from its experiences to improve over time,” said David Zito, chief executive officer of Miso Robotics.

    “Though we are starting with the relatively 'simple' task of cooking burgers, our proprietary AI software allows our kitchen assistants to be adaptable and therefore can be trained to help with almost any dull, dirty or dangerous task in a commercial kitchen — whether it's frying chicken, cutting vegetables or final plating.”

    Burger-flipping robot replaces humans on first day at work
    Meh. Automation will continue to make advances. Steam engine tractors had a much greater impact upon farming than this little burger flipper will ever have on the restaurant business. Meanwhile, life will go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    Why... do you enjoy watching people die of black lung?
    Nope...I have empathy for every one, like an old school democrat. Not just a few. This is why we are seeing more independents now. I would just like to see them express the same empathy for poor rural Americans as they do for refugees and people who commit crime. If a person chooses to work in a field where health hazards are a risk...it is their right to do so. It is the same for healthcare workers...if they contract HIV from a patient due to a exposure...should they be blamed for their choice of profession? Lots of jobs have risk built into them and they are valued contributors to the tax system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Both myself and my son have worked at McDonalds during high school and in both cases, everyone had a different pay rate. Entry level people that made min wage did the custodial tasks or did the condiments. A "promotion" was a bit more pay to work the counter or drive thru. Then another bump to actually man the cooking apparatus ("cook"). Then there was an overall manager. We also had a shift leader which was usually the senior most employee during that shift. We had some overlap, but the entry level weren't able to until they had been there awhile.
    We were a 24 hour store. At night there was literally as few people as possible on shift. Usually 3 of us. The back line (me) did all the food prep, cleaning, and changeover from burgers to eggs. The front line did all the customer / drive thru / and dining room cleaning. The shift leader slept in her little tiny office and played like she was working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    Why...do you enjoy watching people starve? You must really get a kick out of watching homeless people beg on the streets. Automation is already in the coal mines...and have been for years. It is disheartening to watch Democrats develop the same mindset of the GOP...I got mine...fuck the rest. Dems used to be the champions of people...today it is only a select handful of people they care about.
    No politician can bring back coal mining jobs, no more than they can bring back horses and buggies. You seem to think that lying to unemployed coal mine workers equals "sympathy". It doesn't.
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    This is the cost of increasing minimum wages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    No politician can bring back coal mining jobs, no more than they can bring back horses and buggies. You seem to think that lying to unemployed coal mine workers equals "sympathy". It doesn't.
    Not true. President Obama said that if someone wanted to build a coal fired electric plant he'd bankrupt them. The fact is that due to uncertainty about EPA regulations most coal fired plants are not being updated. If these plants were updated or upgraded they would be using more coal and producing more electricity.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...-update-close/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    This is the cost of increasing minimum wages.
    No it isn't. It's the robotic future that will liberate humanity from all the rote work and allow us all kinds of leisure time since so many jobs won't be done by people anymore.

    Maybe the time has finally come for an old idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Not true. President Obama said that if someone wanted to build a coal fired electric plant he'd bankrupt them. The fact is that due to uncertainty about EPA regulations most coal fired plants are not being updated. If these plants were updated or upgraded they would be using more coal and producing more electricity.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...-update-close/
    Overall, coal mining jobs have been dropping for a century. Ironically, the loss of coal-mining during the Obama era was slight (about 3000 coal jobs lost) compared with the Reagan administration (about 90,000 coal jobs lost).

    Source
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