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Old 04-29-2019, 12:06 PM
 
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I’m guessing this is only temporary until they can further increase automation.
The majority of all jobs both white and blue collar, are temporary until AI eventually takes them over.
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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Good for them.

It's nice to see corporations being proactive in helping out a segment of the population that has been treated harshly and unfairly in the work force (age discrimination, etc.).

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/mcdon...173251645.html
Indeed, it's just so altruistic for corporate America to offer to hire senior citizens after they essentially killed off pensions.
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I’m guessing this is only temporary until they can further increase automation.
That's about it.

Harry Harrison had a fully automated "McDonald's" in one of his later novels. It was just an absurdist backdrop but I have no doubt readers in another 20 years will fail to understand the satire.
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:39 PM
 
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That's about it.

Harry Harrison had a fully automated "McDonald's" in one of his later novels. It was just an absurdist backdrop but I have no doubt readers in another 20 years will fail to understand the satire.
Wouldn't this be the evolution of the old Automats?
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Wouldn't this be the evolution of the old Automats?
Automats had human cooks/servers behind the windows, and humans cleaning the tables etc. All that was automated was purchase of each item.

Every function in a McD's could be installed right now - factory food production has automated or almost wholly automated systems that will do every step. It's mostly a matter of adapting that tech to more individualized, on-demand functions rather than turning out, say, 5000 burgers to be frozen at once.

No question it's coming, in particular for locations like malls and airports.
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Old 04-29-2019, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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The majority of all jobs both white and blue collar, are temporary until AI eventually takes them over.
But I’m 5 years or less to automate the restaurants to the point where there are only two or so employees. It will be longer for skilled workers and white collared workers.
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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Older workers tend to have a low threshold for stupidity, obnoxious people, and lack of common sense. Keeping these old timers from telling off the customers seems to me to be the biggest challenge McDonald's will face. You get some customer in the face of a little old lady just trying to do her job and she's going to get, shall we say, a little salty. Especially if the employee doesn't actually need the job. McDonald's better hold on to their hats.
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:47 PM
 
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Older workers tend to have a low threshold for stupidity, obnoxious people, and lack of common sense. Keeping these old timers from telling off the customers seems to me to be the biggest challenge McDonald's will face. You get some customer in the face of a little old lady just trying to do her job and she's going to get, shall we say, a little salty. Especially if the employee doesn't actually need the job. McDonald's better hold on to their hats.
This is not true on the slightest. Older people are respectful on the job and came up at s time when customer service was five star. They would likely be more patient and deferential to customers.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:18 PM
 
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Great to see.
indeed.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:21 PM
 
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I'm about to turn 70 and (hopefully) temporarily sidelined by a health issue which might soon be resolved. I want to work again, but in a capacity where I work with educated adults, deal with well-defined issues, and can see them resolved through our efforts.
This would be ideal.

Regulation in this country is so counterproductive. On one hand we say that we shouldn't discriminate by age (which is how it should be)... on another hand, we make hiring older people unnecessarily expensive. It's a shame, really.

We should position employers to hire the best person for the job. Often, that's the older, wiser, more experienced individual. Other times, it's the younger, stronger, more energetic person. None of these traits are exclusive, of course, but are generally aligned.
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