Wage or Automation Taking Jobs?

An article I read today discussed some news I have heard a while ago about McDonalds replacing cashiers with machines. This article stated that the reason for this was since “it has to compensate for wage hikes.” As the technology becomes cheaper, I think that this automation would take place regardless of any wage increases due to the perfect accuracy and increased efficiency of the machines. One issue I see with these new machines is in the case that some people do not know how to operate them then they may lose some sales. This makes predicting the ROA of these machines to be less predictable, and it is possibly why they only planned on installing them in a few thousand locations initially.

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