HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 3/6  >  >>
Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Fast Food Robots
Elizabeth M   2/22/2013 5:56:36 AM
NO RATINGS
So if I am to understand you right, Ann, it is the less developed countries that will suffer worker displacement more than developed countries? That is a shame, I guess, which also may send those workers over to the U.S. to work illegally and be exploited, as another commenter pointed out.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Fast Food Robots
Elizabeth M   2/22/2013 5:01:52 AM
NO RATINGS
Good point, Ann. The French are within their rights to be that way about food, but there is no excuse for the service. Then again, I sometimes don't mind how I'm treated by the wait staff if the food is deiicious and I don't have to tip them. Put robots in a Michelin star restaurant and I think I would be fine! But service is so tied to the restaurant industry itself, especially in the U.S., which is why I think an idea like that--or robots in most restaurants in general except fast-food chains--wouldn't fly.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Fast Food Robots
Ann R. Thryft   2/21/2013 2:28:39 PM
NO RATINGS
Actually, I said "not me"--call me crazy, but I like French waiters, snooty and all. I think the French have several things to be legitimately snooty about, and one of them is food. But bad service? That's something else.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot restaurant help in China.
Charles Murray   2/21/2013 12:57:11 PM
NO RATINGS
I've always suspected that they think I'm not good enough to be walking into a French restaurant, Ann. A robot might not be friendlier, but at least it wouldn't assume I'm Homer Simpson.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Fast Food Robots
Ann R. Thryft   2/21/2013 12:24:59 PM
NO RATINGS
The problem with a lot of job displacement discussions/analyses/studies is that they don't take into account the kind of new jobs created and the kind of old jobs that become no longer available to lesser-skilled people. The relationship between the skill level of the labor force and the kind of jobs available to it is not as balanced as many such studies would make one think. But that discussion takes a lot more than a few sentences.

Regarding robots, the Freedonia study I reported on here

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257119

bluntly and matter-of-factly stated that (I quote myself here): "Because of higher labor costs, robots are being used to replace human workers in existing applications in developed countries. But in developing countries, they're more often deployed to carry out difficult and dangerous tasks that people can't do." As one might imagine, this is not a popular sentiment in the robotics industry.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot restaurant help in China.
Ann R. Thryft   2/21/2013 12:23:54 PM
NO RATINGS
Why thanks, Chuck. I take it you're not fond of French waiters--or at least, waiters in French restaurants?

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Fast Food Robots
Elizabeth M   2/21/2013 4:13:28 AM
NO RATINGS
Interesting statistic, Chuck! Not sure if research into robot-human displacement has gotten far enough that we would know yet, but would be good to research that. I think it may be a bit of time before we see the full effect of robots in the workforce.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot restaurant help in China.
Elizabeth M   2/21/2013 3:49:05 AM
NO RATINGS
I agree with Chuck, Ann--another funny and French-related comment! I know exactly what you mean...and it's the same with some staff members here in Portugal when it comes to service oriented jobs. A friendly, attentive robot would be far better than someone who audibly sighs and rolls their eyes when you need service because it takes you away from whatever phone call they were on or magazine they were reading.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Fast Food Robots
Charles Murray   2/20/2013 9:00:38 PM
NO RATINGS
McKinsey & Co. recently concluded that for every job displaced by the Internet, 2.6 new jobs open up. I wonder if the same holds for robotics.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot restaurant help in China.
Charles Murray   2/20/2013 8:57:17 PM
NO RATINGS
You get the "best comment of the week" award, Ann. That's quite an honor considering the week isn't over yet.

<<  <  Page 3/6  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Last year you helped Design News and Allied Electronics crown its first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need your help again. Vote in round 2 of our second-annual contest.
The key to autonomous driving is not to forget about the driver, and to remember that passengers want a sense of control, as opposed to being utterly passive backseat drivers.
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
Get a load of these strange product designs. What's in the water these design engineers are drinking?
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Dec 1 - 5, An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service