A core fundamental of being self-sufficient is the having ability to be able to support yourself without government intervention. A new burger-flipping robot is having many question the future of employment. Are millions doomed to be jobless?
A universal wage could stunt ambitions of countless Americans by enabling them to get away with doing nothing all day—all while still being able to pay their bills. Character can be built through work; what would happen if people didn’t have to work? Surprisingly, libertarian hero Milton Friedman once supported the idea of a minimum, guaranteed income via a “negative income tax.”
With the future quickly leading to a world where robots take over most jobs, there is a real possibility that millions could be unable to find work due to innovations in automation. How can the world survive when half the population is unable to work?
According to The Economist, roughly half of jobs will be automated within two decades, and there is a strong chance “no government will be prepared” for what would follow.
In an ironic twist, many liberal-activist groups like Fight for $15 have helped push companies into the direction of seeking to invest with automated solutions (since a $15-minimum wage is unrealistic for fast food workers).
Now, what could very well be America’s first burger-flipping robot appears to have just ended its first day of work. Is this the beginning of the end for fast-food workers?
“A burger-flipping robot has just completed its first day on the job at a restaurant in California, replacing humans at the grill.
Flippy has mastered the art of cooking the perfect burger and has just started work at CaliBurger, a fast-food chain.
The robotic kitchen assistant, which its makers say can be installed in just five minutes, is the brainchild of Miso Robotics.”
We may see a future where conservatives and liberals have to come together and make uncomfortable decisions regarding the permanently shifted paradigm of having a large portion of the population simply unqualified for a real job.