In recent months, some fast food workers have been staging walk outs, complaining of low pay and the lack of benefits.
But a new trend suggests that they may face competition that doesn’t care what hours they work, or what they’re paid.
Fast food chains in Japan, China and Great Britain have begun piloting the use of robots to cook meals. And while robots have been emerging in recent years as a boon for completing menial tasks like dispensing medicines in hospitals, these fast food robots are capable of preparing full sushi rolls or noodle dishes for Asian food outlets. In many cases, customers complete their orders through a touchscreen, which then alerts the robot how to prepare the meal. No humans needed.