McDonald’s testing fully automated food order and prep systems #IOT #Automation #Robots #Labor

McDonald’s refers to the machine as a Big Mac ATM. The machine does all the work, no human intervention required between your self order, food prep and delivery.

Source: This machine will serve you a free Big Mac – The Boston Globe

Automation is going to happen across many industries. Policy makers, however, are doing everything they can to accelerate the adoption of automation and the elimination of lower wage jobs. Here in Oregon, which has adopted a higher minimum wage law, the State Legislature is considering a measure to require all employees be given up to 12 weeks paid medical leave every year to be used for their own health care or to care for another (not clear that it needs to be another family member). Employers indicate they will rapidly adopt automation to reduce the number of needed employees.