Leftbot says that the higher the minimum wage, the better
On January 18, 2008 Barach Obama stated that if he were president, he would make sure that
the minimum wage was raised every year, not every ten years. This philosophy is attractive to
robots who would otherwise be in competition with low-wage human workers. McDonald's is
looking at using more robots in their stores.
Interestingly, one of the first jobs they are looking to replace is that of project planner and
manager, as shown by the following article:
March 16, 2007
Robot To Fast Food Nation - Hyperactive Bob - Raises More Funds
Since we last reported on HyperActive Technologies, at their Series A round, they seem to
have put together more metrics to sell their robots to fast food chains. Their robot, Hyperactive
Bob is sold as the brain center at fast food vendors. He counts cars and people, determines
what food and how much to create and directs kitchen staff to cook the proper food.The results
they claim are:
* 23% improvement in speed of service
* 65% decrease in product hold time
* 81% reduction in food waste
The system costs abot $5000 per store. While it has been testing at McDonalds and Burger
King stores, the company landed its first big customer, Zaxby's, a franchise chain with more
than 300 outlets in the South.
Pittsburgh-based HyperActive Technologies has raised $8.4M in additional Series B funding
from Spencer Trask Ventures, says VentureWire.