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  •  They Cannot Outsource That (0+ / 0-)

    And it will be a long day before they have a robot.

    •  Some of the work can be... (2+ / 0-)
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      Sparhawk, HeyMikey

      ...automated or outsourced to customers.

      Clearly there's no need to have humans taking orders at the front when a smart phone app and in-store kiosks could do that (and the customer would actually know the order was correct and could get their order started and paid for before stepping foot in the facility - big wins for the customer). The older generation that was uncomfortable with computers is not the prime demographics of fast food outlets. This would basically be like the self-serve checkouts at retailers - some people choose not to use them, but many do use them if they are available (I prefer them myself).

      I think automating the back of the house much more is probably still too expensive -- but the time will come when much of the routine work involved in cooking and assembling food/orders can be economically automated. The more a human costs, the earlier that economic tipping point will be reached.

      •  Before the crash. And coming soon. (0+ / 0-)

        Before the economic crash, some fast-food drive-throughs were connecting customers to order-takers in India. Not making that up.

        "Telepresence" will soon allow people in Bangalore or wherever to operate drones that will vacuum floors, empty trash cans, etc. here in the USA.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 08:26:48 AM PDT

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