Skip to comments.Brzezinski Befuddled By Idea Higher Hiring Costs Encourage Employers to Automate
Posted on 01/31/2014 5:15:57 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
You really have to listen to Mika Brzezinski's voice rising as if in a question as she pronounces the very last word in an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal columnand watch the expression on her faceto appreciate how utterly baffled, befuddled and bewildered she seems by the simple notion that increasing the cost of hiring motivates employers to automate their operations.
The column, "The Employee of the Month Has a Battery," noted that restaurant chains like Chili's are introducing tabletop ordering devices and eliminating server positions. Author Michael Saltsman makes the incontrovertible argument that "policy makers are encouraging the switch to technology by increasing the cost of hiring." But just listen to Mika pronounce that last word, and watch the ensuing expression on her face, to see how the notion leaves her at a complete loss.
View the video here.
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I know, I know: I could have ended the headline after the first two words ;-) But seriously, please watch the video and listen to Mika’s voice at the very end, to get the complete effect.
Ping to Today show list.
I worked at Lockheed Aircraft years ago and it astounded me to watch all of the behind the scenes garbage the workers were doing to waste company time and to screw up operations so they could make more overtime.
The future will be automation for all the lower skill repetitious operations and later maybe even the higher skill activities (such as engineering, architecture, law, etc.).
The question is what we will do with the lower skilled/less intelligent among us when that happens.
Seems like one area ripe for automation is news drones like Brzezinski. She could be replaced by a CGI effect.
It’s more basic to the liberal mind set. We often debate the differences between liberals and conservatives. One difference is very basic. Conservatives live in the world as it is and liberals live in the world they wish existed. IOW, in her world, you could increase the minimum wage without impacting employment. A conservative would see that wage increases inevitably decrease employment.
She’s seriously one of the stupidest women to appear on tv. And that’s saying a lot.
I wonder if she's ever been further west than West Virginia.
Even Barry knows that ATMs replace bank tellers.
Have some compassion. All that bleach has got to have had some effect on her cranium.
If there ia a robot taking the order, can you get the salad dressing on the side?
Can you order the breakfast lightly toasted? Canyou hold the pickle?
Can you hold the tip?
Meet the Robot That Makes 360 Gourmet Burgers Per Hour
I saw that while eating my cornflakes, an unexpected exchange.
TMJ Regular Michelle Wallace Bushie (and pro-gay marraige/pro-amnesty) joined in with :”Raising the minimum wage is a wonderful idea but.....”
wonderful??? she’s just sooo compassionate.
if you hold the tip, the computer won’t spit in your food
“”The question is what we will do with the lower skilled/less intelligent among us when that happens.””
They can get a job like Mika’s.......
This statement reminds me of a quote from Murphy's Law Book 1 - "The intelligence of the planet is a constant but the population is growing."
This is a great example of the static thinking that permeates collectivists everywhere.
An interesting case study would be Giant supermarkets.
Several years back they caved to their unions under threat of strike. Short time later they began a very aggressive rollout of the self-checkout stations.
I noticed that during normal operations they went from having manned 2-3 cashier stations to having one or maybe two. During high traffic times I noticed that they never had more than four and usually three manned stations, compared to six or seven plus.
I’m certain that Giant has the internal figures of the real cost savings to them of such a reduction. Plus the projected contingency savings of a variety of different strike scenarios. I’d love to see them.
Also, has anyone else noticed that Giant and other supermarkets have been gradually devolving the stocking of shelves to their distribtors ... permitting the elimination of even more in house staff ...
Probably better than with a human server.
I can’t count the times I have asked for a deviation from the menu, knowing there is a 50/50 chance the server will get it right or the kitchen will even follow the order. Even the mid-price restaurants now get everything pre-portioned and frozen. Deviation sends the server into panic.
I imagine the lower price point fast food chains will automate first. Mid-price point places will will try to find some entertainment value in automated ordering and serving. Human servers will be a feature of higher-priced restaurants. Buffets and automated cafeterias will proliferate.
I also think all of the above will depend on just how much disposable income is out there. Probably become more prevalent in larger urban areas.
I am a Safety Manager for a national electrical contractor.
Yesterday we were having an estimator/Project Manager/Division Manager meeting and we were talking about increasing production and efficiency, all the while ensuring safety. These managers were talking about how much work we “should” get done in an 8-hour day - of course they were complaining that we were not getting that.
I finally explained that on most days, in construction, you get about 6-6.5 hours of “production” from your average employee. Younger workers typically produce LESS than 6 hours a day. Studies show this, observations show this, hell anyone who has worked in construction KNOWS this - they just refuse to actually see it as the truth. I explained that those who typically produce MORE than 6-6.5 hours per day, are the ones we have promoted to Field Managers and Superintendents. But your average worker will give you 6-6.5 hours of production each day.
I know, I know...there are exceptions. I have worked in the oil fields and I have worked in the military and several of those hands are 8-10-12 hour producers. But I am talking about your basic residential and commercial construction crews.
EVERY industry has it’s maximum production time - if you are going to be an upper-middle management guy, you should know your industry.
We'll probably just continue electing them to congress.
Here in the Northeast, Wawa, a convenience store, gas station and deli chain has a computer screen ordering system. (Romney visited one during his campaign).
To order a sub, you go through about 7 screens worth of options to "build" your sandwich. "Lot of mayo? Little bit of mayo?", etc.
It's great. Since I order the same thing every time, I can hammer through in about 10 seconds. The sub comes up 2 minutes later just as I want it prepared.
People don't start businesses to create jobs or pay more in taxes.
They do it to make money.
The less out of pocket expenses the better.
Employees, taxes and unions are a drag
There are some minor exceptions to this where some people will start a business knowing there will be a place for their children to work if the children don't find work out side of the business. -Tom
Looks like she is trying to squeeze one out to me.
We have a chain of gs stations called “Sheets” that has a similar capability but the time is much greater.
It does work
LOL! Thanks, I have never heard that one before.
Buckees, a local gas station throughout south Texas has automated ordering systems, and the work pretty quickly - depending on the customer volume.
I have visited two Jack-in-the-Cracks in San Antonio that have automated ordering kiosks which you can choose to use instead of dealing with the “friendly” staff behind the counter.
It is coming - just give it time, but it is coming.
Mika would be nowhere near the front side of a television camera if her last name was Smith or Jones.
What a dumb Polack. (So is her Dad)
“Just pass a law telling them they cannot.”
The Liberal brain is SOOOOO predictable.
A chain called Sheetz (gas + mini-mart) on the east coast has been doing order entry for hoagies and breakfast sandwiches &c via touch screen for years. Plenty of options for extra this, none of that, etc. I love it.
Sure. Just put an area in the program where you can speak into the ordering device to tell the cook whether there is something else about the order they should know about.
When the order goes back, it plays the recorded message.
Even that can get converted to text, if you’d like.
On chapt 7 now in 45 min of reading... way cool story.