At a Dal.komm Coffee shop in Seoul, a robot barista takes orders remotely through a mobile app or kiosk cashier and then brews fresh coffee.Less than a minute later, the robot sends a 4-digit code the customer can use to open a pick-up box. The robot can handle up to 14 drinks at a time.
Barista jobs could have been automated with the technology of 15 years ago. I don't understand why we've been so slow to do so.
South Korea’s minimum wage has jumped by 27.3 percent over the last two years, adding to the incentive to cut labor costs by using automation
Pay close attention, all $15 minimum wage supporters.
Officials also revised initial plans to completely automate all the nation’s tollgates after complaints over losing 6,700 jobs. Instead, the system will be partially automated and keep all its current toll collectors.
Another example of how unions will slow the pace of job automation, costing everyone else money. I predict that public sector jobs will be automated mostly through attrition and not layoffs: Organizations like toll booth agencies will have to wait until a human leaves an obsolete job (because they quit, retire, transfer, or are fired for misbehavior) before they can automate it.