Hit-Or-Miss Technology

Robots are Stealing All the Food Service Jobs

We’ll be lucky if robots only steal our jobs, rather than also enslaving civilization and mocking our weak sacks of soft-muscled frailty. Roughly 47 percent of jobs will be replaced by robots over the next 20 years, says one Oxford University study.

The fast food industry is specifically at risk, since labor and food costs represent 60-70 percent of industry revenues, according to a Cornerstone Capital Group report, while the recent national dialogue about a $15-hour minimum wage for quick service employees may speed things up.


And it’s already moving quickly. I mean, it seems like just yesterday I first saw servers using tablets instead of notepads. That’s been evolving too. Earlier this year, Olive Garden said it was going to install Ziosk tabletop tablets at all its restaurants by the end of 2015, so right there, tech’s limiting servers to basically just food runners.

But now robots are locking down kitchen gigs too! Hell, Momentum Machines went ahead and actually invented a burger-flipping robota step hopefully more toward Futurama than Terminator—and the bot can do up a burger every ten seconds. In short, the robot replaces three full-time kitchen employees, which is what the company’s founders intend to do. Why make employees more efficient when there’s money to be made selling “employees” to restaurants?


And there are a lot of jobs for those robots to take. We’re talking 2.4 million servers, about 3 million cooks and food preparers, and 3.3 million cashiers. It hasn’t exactly been a booming industry either. Since 1987, fast food eateries have grown at 0.3 percent per year, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That number is about to skyrocket if the government starts tracking robot employees, who never need vacation days, tips, or HR. So I hope you all enjoyed visiting your favorite server at that local country-themed family restaurant or rolling your eyes at every single server at Buffalo Wild Wings, because those days might be over soon.


HIRSCHY’S Chocolate Bar Resume Puts All Other Resumes to Shame


If designer Matthew Hirsch didn’t get his dream job with his “Hirschy” chocolate bar resume, then the world is a cruel cruel place.

While we’re assuming the chocolate in the Hirschy bar is of the typical milk variety, the packaging is really key. The front plays on the classic Hershey’s logo, and the back boasts Hirsch’s skills, qualifications, and experiences — all in a convenient bite-sized package.



Hirsch’s skills and abilities are displayed as percentages in the place of nutritional facts, while the ingredients list features his work experience. A personalized Thank You on the back of the wrapper ties everything together. We think this resume is bound to be a sure-win with recruiters and hiring managers. Either way, it’s got us hungry.

Picthx Matthew Hirsch

Fast Food

Taco Bell Saves American Economy By Selling 375 Million Doritos Locos Tacos


When Taco Bell introduced their new Doritos Locos taco in 2012, they did more than fulfill the Doritos-flavored fantasies of millions of hungry stoners—they also singlehandedly created 15,000 jobs. The chip and taco combo was responsible for “the biggest launch in Taco Bell history,” as Taco Bell sold over 375 million Doritos Locos tacos in the U.S. alone and made plans to add over 2,000 new American stores in the next ten years to handle customer demand. The massive surge in sales meant that Taco Bell had higher growth rates than fast food giants KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s, despite big industry complaints that federal regulations inhibit growth and prevent job creation.

The United States currently leads the world in both fast food consumption and total public debt, so it makes a weird kind of sense that the solution to American financial woes would come wrapped in Doritos and stuffed with cheese and sour cream. Probably won’t do much to solve the nationwide obesity epidemic (sorry Michelle Obama), but hey, tacos can’t solve every problem. Just the most urgent ones. Like munchies.

H/T + PicThnx  Daily Mail