The Fast Food Industry Could Have a Nuclear Option For Striking Workers: Robots!

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Fast food workers all across the country are fighting for living wages from their employees but a new breakthrough in slapping meat on cheese and bread technology could put an end to it. [Image via Momentum Machines]

The fast food industry has come under fire from its workers lately because of their refusal to pay workers a living wage, even though they are showing quarterly profits in the billions. Just today, 100 cities saw members its fast food workforce walk off the job to protest their $7.25 an hour minimum wages as Congress begins discussing the possibility of raising it. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a catch-22 in that equation because Congress has been on a work stoppage since at least the beginning of the year.

One company, however, may have found a way for fast food restaurants to keep working if their salaried staff grind the burger business to a half. Momentum Machines invented a fully automated machine called “Alpha” that can produce 360 hamburgers an hour that they claim are “gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices.”

The San Francisco-based company plans to use these machines in their own chain of robot burger restaurants that won’t even need a cashier. Customers would order their meal through a user interface and the machine would prepare their orders through an automated system and deliver it to them still piping hot in the wrapper. That is, of course, unless machines develop hyper-sensitive artificial intelligence that makes them realize that rising oil and gas prices means even they can’t live on $7.25 an hour and are forced to walk off the job and demand a higher salary.

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