It seems like everyone is talking about automation. The increasing presence of machines that can complete human tasks poses an existential threat to anyone who hopes to make a living by, well, being alive. Autonomous vehicles continue to advance in numerous states around the country, as billions more is poured into the industry. Fast food, a sector that employs millions of Americans, seems like an already lost cause.
Speaking to CNBC, Greg Creed, CEO of Yum Foods, which owns brands like Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, described what he saw as an inevitability in the fast food industry. “I think it’s gonna happen,” Creed said of machines replacing workers. “We’ll see a dramatic change in how machines run things.”
The Trump Administration doesn’t seem too concerned. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the threat of automation isn’t even on the administration’s radar. Welp!
Here at The Outline, we spend a lot of time thinking about automation. What if we get replaced? How far away are we from bots telling you about how robots are taking your jobs? Until then, enjoy some of our reporting on the end of work as we know it.