WAL-MART IS ROLLING OUT THE ROBOTS AFTER RAISING MINIMUM WAGE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


WAL-MART IS ROLLING OUT THE ROBOTS AFTER RAISING MINIMUM WAGE

Offering yet another lesson in how raising the minimum wage can destroy jobs, particularly for the most poorly compensated workers whom activists had intended to help, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Wal-Mart is deploying robots to carry out mundane tasks like mopping its floors and tracking inventory as it seeks to cut down on labor costs after raising wages last year, while also expanding into new services like grocery delivery.

Wal-Mart, which is the largest employer in the US, said at least 300 stores will introduce machines that scan shelves for out-of-stock products. Meanwhile, so-called "autonomous floor scrubbers" will be deployed in 1,500 stores, and conveyor belts that automatically scan and sort products as they are loaded off of trucks will more than double to 1,200. Another 900 stores will install 16-foot-high towers that will allow customers to pick up their online grocery orders without interacting with humans.

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This... is amazing technology; but what happens after humans have been let go, and there is no money to pay for goods and services they desperately need, because they are out of work ?!?

We must stop, as a nation, looking for short term solutions, which shackle us to the past, and look for intelligent, long-term solutions to issues like unemployment caused by the use of AI.

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I think the idea is that when robots and automation....

otred

are fully implemented, that costs of production (human) will drop precipitously. This savings would be passed on to the consumer in the form of extremely low prices.

I think that is how replacement of human labor is to be sold. It is more likely that the owners of production will pocket the savings from replacing human labor.

A maximum wage may need to be made law to prevent owners from taking everything.

humans have been let go, and

Old_Logan

humans have been let go, and there is no money to pay for goods and services

(*and America becomes 100% Republican , at , roughly , about the same time ?
The good news is you won't have to worry about any socialist , nazi/communist welfare services provided to the liberal , low life , welfare mooching scum suckers !)

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