Workplace automation took a big step forward with the introduction of a robot in San Francisco that can perfectly assemble a burger in 5 minutes.
This burger-flipping robot tells a larger story, though. The effects of automation on the workforce are more complicated than just “killing jobs.”
What happened to the labor costs the burger restaurant saved with an automated cook? That money shifted to purchasing local, higher quality ingredients – like grass-fed beef and organic produce – while keeping their burger at a fast-food price point.
Will robot chefs lead to job creation in organic farming and ranching? We don’t know the answer yet – but it’s hard to argue against a better burger.