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Who wants to flip burgers?

Posted by: MDG on December 20, 1999 at 18:04:00:

In Reply to: Frenchy's intellectual tank runs on empty posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on December 19, 1999 at 20:54:56:

: : Hey...maybe McDonalds can roboticize the hamburger flipper jobs to...ahh, progress.

: SDF: And Frenchy will celebrate the consequent loss of jobs.

SDF, you're right on target with all your responses to Frenchy, except that I think Frenchy was on to something with his robotic miners. Technology can be used for good or evil, and I would consider it a good technological advance if we could produce machines, or robots, which spare people from drudgery and/or dangerous tasks. Farm machines which pick cotton spare people from that arduous, back-breaking work. Before you jump on me, however, I would add that none of the above will be worth it unless we find alternative, clean and renewable sources of energy, and unless we provide BETTER jobs for those people who are displaced by machines.

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