New Robot Replaces Burger Flipper

New Robot Replaces Burger Flipper

Could robots replace human workers at fast food restaurants? Well, it’s already happening at one California burger chain. And that means a huge blow to those fighting for a higher minimum wage.

Those of us who understand basic economics and the law of unintended consequences have warned that the “Fight for $15” movement would lead to unemployment as employers find cheaper alternatives to paying higher wages. Now it’s happening.

According to the U.K. Telegraph, California fast food chain CaliBurger just hired its first robot grill worker. The robot, named Flippy, was created by Miso Robotics.

Flippy can work alone or with a team. However, his presence makes it unnecessary for the company to hire a human grill worker.

Miso CEO David Zito said Flippy’s skill will only continue to grow over time.  “Much like self-driving vehicles, our system continuously learns from its experiences to improve over time.”

“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,” he continued, hinting that the robot would be able to conduct other human tasks in the future.

Food and Wine reported that Flippy will be a crucial component of more than 50 locations by 2019. That means fewer humans will be needed, something that will make the business owners happy. Fewer human workers mean less money companies have to shell out for labor.

According to Breitbart, Flippy came on the heels of efforts from other companies to reduce payrolls as hourly wages have increased. For example, Wendy’s recently announced their self-service kiosks, which alleviate the need for cashiers.

Meanwhile, the Fight for $15 folks are getting exactly what we told you they’d get — higher wages at burger joints, but fewer jobs.

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