Depending on how well it works, a machine may make me less likely to order from there. If it works well, that's fine. If it is anything like the grocery store, give me a human any day.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
regardless of whether retail / food service workers get a raise or not, these jobs are going to be replaced by tech. there will be a few nostalgic holdouts, and the high end restaurants and stores will still have actual people interacting with customers, but the fast food stuff is going to be done by machine with a couple techs to oversee the equipment. same thing with registers at the grocery store. i wouldn't be surprised if it only takes twenty or thirty years to happen.
the people currently doing these jobs are the ones who used to make a living working at a factory. now even their ****ty options are drying up. we absolutely have to deal with this now, before it happens. we need to be sending kids to college and / or into specific job training programs by default, their ability to pay should play no role, and they should graduate with no debt. we either do that, or our entitlement programs will have to be massively expanded.
we absolutely have to plan for this.
Last edited by Henrin; 09-16-14 at 11:09 AM.