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US: Minimum-Wage Blowback – Fast Food Burger-Flipping Robot Works For $3 An Hour

Over the years, we’ve documented the proliferation of artificial intelligence and robots in the workplace would lead to a tidal wave of job losses through 2030.

What peaked our attention several years ago was Miso Robotics, a Pasadena tech company with the focus of developing robots for fast-food restaurants, has seen the price of its burger-flipping robot drop from $100,000 to $10,000 in four years.

“Off-the-shelf robot arms had plunged in price in recent years, from more than $100,000 in 2016, when Miso Robotics first launched, to less than $10,000 today, with cheaper models coming in the near future,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

The burger-flipping robot is now more cost-effective than the average low-skilled employee, which means Miso’s unveiling of a subscription plan for restaurants, of just $2,000 a month, with the choice of a robot that works either the grille or fryer, could be very appealing to restaurant owners or managers across the country who need to drive down labor costs.

“As a result, Miso can offer Flippys to fast-food restaurant owners for an estimated $2,000 per month on a subscription basis, breaking down to about $3 per hour. (The actual cost will depend on customers’ specific needs). A human doing the same job costs $4,000 to $10,000 or more a month, depending on a restaurant’s hours and the local minimum wage. And robots never call in sick,” LA Times adds.

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