Carl’s Jr CEO wants to replace all human workers with robots


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Carl’s Jr CEO wants to replace all human workers with robots

Carl’s Jr may no longer be staffed by humans in the not-too-distant future. (AP)Looks like the little guy can teach a global fast food conglomerate a thing or two about running a restaurant
Eatsa, the mostly automated healthy, fast food bowl shop based in San Francisco, has inspired the CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s to rethink the traditional workforce—by replacing all humans with robots.

“I want to try it,” CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider. “We could have a restaurant that’s focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person.”

The move could help the fast food giant cope with rising minimum wages across the country.
“With government driving up the cost of labor, it’s driving down the number of jobs,” he says, predicting the automation trend will likely extend beyond the restaurant industry. “You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants.”


Automation replacing workers, leading to the need for a universal basic income. It’s the prototype for the image of the beast.


I wonder if this has something to do with the $15/hour minimum wage. :slight_smile:


This was on Idiocracy, but the machine didn’t work while it was talking orders. Also the machine tranquilizing someone that was beating it up, saying on its screen “Carl’s Jr. frowns upon vandalism.”


A company called Momentum Machines has built a robot that could radically change the fast-food industry and have some line cooks looking for new jobs.

The company’s robot can “slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible.” The robot is “more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour.” That’s one burger every 10 seconds.

The next generation of the device will offer “custom meat grinds for every single customer. Want a patty with 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground to order? No problem.”

Momentum Machines cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas told Xconomy his “device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them.” Indeed, marketing copy on the company’s site reads that their automaton “does everything employees can do, except better.”


Just another unintended consequence given to us by pandering do-gooder liberals like Governor Cuomo.

Will they ever get it?:rolleyes:


We do need to consider whether such things as this are a net negative or a net positive, and for whom.

Someone has to manufacture the machines. Someone has to service them. Someone has to design and shape the raw product so it can be processed by machines. Someone has to convert the restaurant buildings to accommodate a different kind of production and service.

Personally, I’m inclined to believe the loss of the in-house jobs is not overbalanced by the possibly better paying jobs in manufacturing and servicing. But it’s not certain.


Good point, but I have to think that the machines will be built overseas which will make it a net negative.


Yes. The job landscape keeps changing. It’s either adapt or die.


There has never been a time when using technology to improve productivity that hasnt improved the standard of living. This is true of ag, to manufacturing to service jobs.


Plus you dont have to worry about someone spitting on your food.


Problem is, we do not make that decision…technological progress breaks thru walls, fights to get ahead in line, and will succeed in the end.

Just look at all the past jobs, that are now gone, due to technology, its not really something that can be avoided, but I dont think we are quite there yet, to start thinking about replacing fast food workers with robots, the technology is still progressing slowly, and we have not had any major leaps forward in this regard, but once that does happen and a realistic humanoid robot can be produced, id say many of our jobs will be at risk…after all, everyones job is ‘at will’, there is no guarantee employers MUST use humans on their workforce.


The development of automation and technology is not a negative consequence. Major automation efforts have been a part of society for at least centuries now (ex: the printing press) and while it is definitely eliminating certain types of careers as a whole it tends to improve society. While there may be some valid concerns to express over the growth of minimum wage an increase in automation really isn’t one of them. Centuries of automation and the active labor force still tends to swing by only a couple of percentage points in either direction.


I hope it will help people learn that the reason minimum wage workers can’t get good pay isn’t moral, but systematic. I find it pretty gross that we’re now at the stage where technology can make a lot of human labour redundant, and yet it’s seen as a frightening thing. Under socialism automation like this would not be a bad thing, it would be liberating.


Unless that is the programmed response to “vandalism” or complaints.

I mean if the machine can ground together meats as diverse as buffalo and pork, why couldn’t it concoct a bit of artificial sputum? :smiley:


I think you misunderstood me.

I meant that liberals, in the name of doing good, actually wind-up hurting those they wish to help. So Cuomo is actually pushing this technology faster than it would have without his $15 minimum wage push and these workers will be out on the street sooner rather than later…


Oh please :rolleyes:

This man just wants to line his pockets. Eliminating workers does that at any level of pay.


Sure, “liberating” hundreds of thousands of idol people to walk around malls all day with nothing constructive to do. I suppose your ideations have led you to believe that human beings are all naturally creative and good natured entrepreneurs or, otherwise, will be looked after from cradle to grave by those who now endorse abortion and euthanasia as the catch-all answer to all social and moral dilemmas. I suspect capital punishment will regain a great deal of traction for any and all perturbations to the “system.”

Life will get very nasty very quickly until it is “sanitized” by the socialists, as it has been every time socialists gained political power in the past. That won’t change merely because you view it as “liberating.” We will be “liberated” from all moral constraints by those with the power to remove them.

No thanks.


I would agree that one of his objectives is to improve profits, however, there are other factors at play:

  1. How does a $15 per hour wage impact his ability to sell hamburgers? If he has to raise his price to cover the increased labor cost,then how does the new hamburger cost compare to sit down restaurants and make them look like a better deal?
  2. Will automation make a better burger? It would certainly make it more consistent, and less likely for a customer to find hair in their burger.
  3. Is having automation easier to deal with for a manager, and cause fewer headaches? (The answer would have to be “yes”…no more sick, late, no-show employees, etc)

So aside from increased profits, it seems that other benefits could be more consistent food and better customer service.

Agree or disagree?


This isn’t really a socialism thing. Socialism at it’s base just means that the means of production or more of a social than individual resource. A socialist community can, and sometimes will, make choices that are not truly in the best interest of society to avoid eliminating jobs. It is just as easy for a socialist group to get caught up in the wrong set of ideals when planning as it is for capitalists.

Ideally in either system we would focus on improving quality of life with regards to the human person and correctly recognizing the mechanisms that lead to this. However even people with the best of intentions can get caught up in things like anecdotes and emotional appeals leading to the classic example of choosing to issue shovels for ditch digging over machinery to provide more jobs.

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