Watercooler 4/12/16 Open Thread: McDonald's Coffee; $15 Minimum Wage; I, Robot


McDonalds Responds To Minimum Wage Hikes, Launches McCafe Coffee Kiosk

“In essence, this is the company’s latest venture to make employees responsible for one less task as corporate HQ slowly but surely responds to minimum wage hikes sweeping all states, and in the process, outsource its minimum wage workers to simple machines which will never unionize or have any demands aside from being cleaned occasionally.”

 Fox News’ Cavuto Warns Minimum Wage Activist That Her Job Could Be Replaced By Robots

“This week, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto had Naquasia Legrand, a “Fight for $15” leader, on his show to discuss California’s new minimum wage laws. Legrand, of course, thought it was great that this happened; as it would increase the amount of money she earns in order to inject that back into the economy. Cavuto aptly noted that the increased overhead is going to force an establishment, like McDonald’s, to raise their prices on certain items. For some families, a $1.50-2.00 increase in price is a big deal.”

The Three Laws of Robotics

The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or Three Laws, also known as Asimov’s Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The rules were introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround“, although they had been foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. The Three Laws, quoted as being from the “Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 A.D.”, are:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

“Listen, and understand. That kiosk is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are fed!” (with apologies to the Terminator!)


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