The restaurant industry employs circa 10% of the American workforce, now are at risk to be displaced by automation. Ironically, minimum wage increases are making automation technology economically feasible. Above, a video by Bca Mrl showcasing an example of fast food automation. Also, where food is going.
In 2017, Wendy's announced plans to install self-ordering kiosks within a year. McDonald's is adding kiosks to 2,500 stores, though it pledged not to replace cashiers with kiosks. Walmart — which announced Thursday it is giving workers a pay raise — has been testing automation in the form of shelf-scanning and floor-cleaning robots.
Smaller chains such as Eatsa and CaliBurger have been working on automating the entire restaurant experience.
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