How 'Flippy The Robot Fry Cook' Will Save America

Via The Daily Bell

No one should have to compete with robots. That is why everyone should strive to do what robots cannot.

Flipping burgers and taking orders are quite easy tasks for robots. We have already seen touchscreens offer an alternative to human cashiers. Now robots are starting to replace the backroom staff.

Flippy still requires some human help, but its learning. Flippy’s boss though says he is already better at his job than most workers.

A little quicker, he doesn’t mess up as much. The funny thing is that when you watch him scrape the grill after these burgers are done, he actually does it better than my average employee.

The added benefit is that Flippy can’t feel pain, and so no one is at risk of getting burned by the hot grill. And the owner doesn’t have to worry about getting sued or short-staffed. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if robot unions aren’t far behind.

Easy to laugh now, right? But Flippy is learning fast. Flippy and his cousins will start by taking over the service industry. But they won’t stop there.

Robots will continue to do more and more complex tasks, putting more and more current jobs at risk. But some jobs of the future have not even been imagined yet. For the jobs that remain, people might get paid the same for working a quarter the time. Other fun jobs like coaching or singing could become full-time gigs for more and more of the population.

Think about the amazing people that volunteer their time for neglected kids, or abandoned elderly in nursing homes. These people can turn their charity into work, and help a lot more people in the process. Human interaction will carry a premium. Just being a pleasant and joyful human being will be in high demand for employers.

Expect more art and entertainment jobs as humans have more free time, and society has more wealth.

What this does mean though, is that in the modern economy, you cannot simply get a degree and expect that education to serve you for 40 years until retirement.

We are entering the age where you will have to continue to learn and adapt. You will have to be creative, innovative, and inspired to keep up.

Rejoice for Robot Workers

People who talk about “living wages” for low skilled labor must think very poorly of their fellow humans.

I laugh when low skilled workers are replaced by robots not because I have contempt for low skilled laborers. On the contrary, I am glad for them.

Stagnancy is a horrible fate. Seeing people settle for less is depressing. And some percentage of people who get replaced by Flippy the Robot will go on to do great things. But only if they advance themselves and their skills. They should strive to do what robots cannot.

Robots taking jobs is a good thing. It increases the overall wealth of society. It drops prices for customers, which means their money goes further and can fuel other sectors of the economy.

If a robot drives a shipping truck instead of a human, that means shipped goods cost less. Now you can spend your money on going to the Opera. But don’t worry about the truck driver, he wanted to be an Opera singer all along!

But seriously, everyone replaced by robots is being given an opportunity to do more with their time, to do something more enjoyable, fulfilling, and useful.

Robots free people from menial tasks. Robots free up the most valuable resource, time. That is a gift. Humans’ most valuable tool is not their hands, it is their brain. And I believe in my fellow humans enough to know they can put that brain to work and thrive in the modern economy.

Some people choose to spend their time learning, practicing, and applying skills. Some people spend their time using their brain to advance themselves, and those around them. Some people think of amazing ways to serve their fellow humans, which robots cannot yet replace.

But other people don’t want to believe in economic realities. I truly believe that future societies will produce enough wealth that even those who do not want to work will be able to live off the system. But they still won’t be happy. They will still feel they are owed more than society gives them.

Too many people see jobs as a means to an end. But robot workers should remind us that productive work can be so much more. We are coming into an age where virtually no one will have to worry about putting food on the table or finding a place to sleep.

Then without feeling compelled to flip burgers to pay the bills, people will have the opportunity to contribute to bringing themselves and society to unimaginable heights.

Opportunity is the keyword. Society will move on with or without you. Don’t try to hold it back by preserving jobs and labor that is not necessary. That is a fear based response.

Use the technology, the information, and the networks at your fingertips. Create that art, and learn all the skills required to sell it. Focus on the scientific question that lights a fire in your, and learn all the skills required to find funding.

Rejoice for robots, because it means people can follow their passions, instead of running on the treadmill just to keep up with everyday life.

You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians, manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.

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yellowsub Jethro Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:59 Permalink

That's true but given the foods they are feeding the elderly like the Ensure and other crap is like signing a death warrant the day you check them into those facilities.

It's too bad we live in a world where a dual income is a necessary fact of life for many to not be able to stay home to care for them.

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YourAverageJoe nidaar Tue, 03/06/2018 - 22:02 Permalink

If I was a former burger flipper that got axed for a robot, I'd go work for the grease trap maintenance company and make some decent money.

Kids these days really should learn to do shit that robots can't do, like plumbing, carpentry or electricians. There are apprenticeship programs out there.

Civilization cannot exist without plumbing, and every restaurant has a grease trap.

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ClassicalLib17 YourAverageJoe Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:36 Permalink

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America's apprenticeship training program is probably one of the most comprehensive training programs in the U.S. today. They cover all aspects of the trade and they are very strict with their students. Meaning you have to be on time with your assignments complete or you are gone. Schools today have mostly eliminated their industrial arts programs making it more difficult to attract the young men we used to get. Women don't work out very well in carpentry because they're not designed for the heavy work required in all weather conditions. I just had to point that out.

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divingengineer ClassicalLib17 Wed, 03/07/2018 - 08:50 Permalink

I was a Carpenter’s apprentice for the four year program and graduated to a journeyman in 1998. If my little boy does not go to college for a professional degree I will be pushing him towards an apprenticeship in the trades. 

I have nothing bad to say about my time in the Carpenters Union, it was a joy to work with people who knew their job.  Now, as an engineer I work with a bunch of dolts (my wonderful customers) that can’t seem to find their ass with both hands.  

Sometimes I wish I just stayed where I was.

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Bring the Gold nmewn Tue, 03/06/2018 - 18:57 Permalink

Oh yeah it’s because of the minimum wage right “Mr. 9/11 official story true believer”? Automation isn’t a function of technology and profit seeking. It’s a response to higher wages!


The only reason we didn’t have robots replace low wage workers in the robber baron age was they didn’t want higher wages. The robber barons NEVER would have replaced workers with robots if they had the technology, that would have been wrong! Nope, it wasn’t until minimum wages increased.


Oh and of course no talk of capping Bezos wealth at say a measly 100 Billion. Nope it’s the Punch down Nmewn show! Blame the weak and tacitly support the Oligarchs. We get it. 

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nmewn Bring the Gold Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:29 Permalink

What I've ACTUALLY said is, you Truthers are nuts and its your own fault that you let disinfo agents (or actual clinically insane people) talk you into accepting holographic images to perfectly timed explosions or Mooosawd suicide pilots (lol) as factual assessments, that wasn't me, that was all you dumbasses.

But nice off topic DIVERSION of AI & robotics taking your low skill, low pay jobs.

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ChiangMaiXPat nmewn Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:09 Permalink

nmewn..Yeah disinfo agents, yeah that’s the about diversion..the dancing Muslims lol, I mean Israeli’s that dual national M.C. Released back to Israhell. Who later went on television to claim; “we were there to document the event.”

robots good, we say so

muslims bad, we say so

multiculturalism good, we say so

racial purity Israhell good, we say so

Brought to you by your local Talmudic Pathological Sociopaths making the world a better place for all humanity, oh excuse me I mean Joos

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nmewn Bring the Gold Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:11 Permalink

So...because .gov and idiots like you price entry level positions out of the market I'm a disinfo agent and I don't even know what the fuck this is supposed to mean...

"...just a giant prick on the wrong side of basically every issue ever and always blaming whatever party sews partisan division."

...I blame the party that sews division?

I guess thats either a compliment or an admission on your part ;-)


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Bring the Gold stacking12321 Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:19 Permalink

Yes, autocorrect. You must be new here if you haven’t seen through Nmewn and you just be a fucking idiot if you think no maximum to wealth acquisition is wise but having literal starvation wages doesn’t lead to the exact kind of race to the bottom global clusterfuck we have. But by all means support China and Africa because that’s what your belief system does. It sure as fuck doesn’t support hard working white Americans or Americans of any color really. 

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stacking12321 Bring the Gold Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:30 Permalink

yup, i just joined zh yesterday, it seems like a cool blog.

so, you're saying that my "belief system" that people can act like adults and make their own decisions, instead of an armed gang called government imposing decisions arbitrarily over their lives, somehow supports china and africa? that is an interesting view.

and you say the freedom to live your own life and take personal responsibility for your own actions doesn't support americans? that's also an interesting view. i wonder if washington or jefferson would have agreed with you?

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nmewn Miffed Microbi… Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:33 Permalink


Maybe you should try being more provocative and going against leftard moonbat "conventional wisdom"...that always works for

Now, if I were a suspicious man, I might speculate that this latest rash of "Get Nmewn!" was all connected to me outing a US Deep State actor posing as a Russian troll last week.

But of course, I'm not THAT suspicious ;-) 

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Miffed Microbi… nmewn Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:00 Permalink

"Maybe you should try being more provocative" 


( lips quivering and hand on brow in mock feint) Why I do believe you are calling out this prick as being, in reality, a pussy! I shall now gird my estrogen laden hips, go forth and engage someone in a furious bitch slapping! That will taunt you into submission and you will never again dare question my resolve, my honor, my courage, my stalwart strength and convictions! .... ok, I'm laughing too hard to continue.



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cbxer55 nmewn Wed, 03/07/2018 - 00:11 Permalink

Two of my favorite people on this site, nmewn and Miffed. I may hardly ever reply to your posts, but you two are the most! 

And yeah, I watched that second plane fly into the tower on the news, when it happened. I was like WTF? Couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing. So yeah, on that very day it happened, holograms? RIGHT!!!!

I love Zero Hedge, but the 0911 conspiracy moonbats test my will some times. 

Keep up the good fight my man! You're one of the best here. 

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StychoKiller cbxer55 Wed, 03/07/2018 - 01:05 Permalink

Be that as it may, holograms didn't tell NORAD to ignore off-course passenger jets, holograms didn't fly a "plane" into the Pentagram without leaving a mark on the lawn, holograms didn't cause WTC #7 to fall into its own footprint, holograms didn't cause white-hot molten steel to pour out of one of the WTC buildings before it fell.

Holograms cannot explain how several laws of Physics were violated on 9/11.  Only dim-witted "holograms" continue to believe the "Official Story."

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zimboe cbxer55 Wed, 03/07/2018 - 02:39 Permalink

Look, fogbound twits.

The Twin Towers were flimsy low-bid pieces of crap constructed more like zeppelins than proper stator-machines. The sunlight could shine right through them, they were mostly empty space by intent.

Fucking stressed-skin designs are for aircraft and flimsy shit-box automobiles. A monocoque skyscraper, for Cod's sake*.

Once the fire started and the scrawny (=cheap) fancy-assed high-alloy heat-treated triangle beams of flimsy welded rod got past the temperature of re-crystallization, they lost most of their strength and turned back into the soft weak shitalloy they began as- like Cinderella's coach at blackbirds**.

Gravity then re-asserted His dominance and FLOP -exactly straight down as He, Lord Gravity, always and only requires.

His Holy Gospel of Gravity is "DOWN." Only down.

No melting required, only sufficient heat.

The architect should have been strung up for felony stupid. No safety factor.


Learn some Cod-Damned metallurgy, you silly-assed tinfoils. Sick O' hearing your pernicious crappage.


*A piscatheist does not believe in Cod. Or,to say the least, the remarkable and implausible Grunion.

**=Midnight. Ref Heinlein, "4 and twenty blackbirds..." = 24:00 hours.

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Bring the Gold nmewn Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:26 Permalink

What’s your position on 9/11 again Nmewn? And nice you find me attractive but I don’t swing that way. I’m saying your assertion that automation is to do with high minimum wage is fucking moronic because it would have existed in 1710 had the kings of that era had the technology. Anyone who thinks otherwise is an ideological idiot or pursuing an agenda.

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