Carl’s Jr. CEO Wants To Replace Human Employees With Robots

Bronwyn Isaac | March 18, 2016 - 1:15 pm

The robot overtaking is officially here! They are out to steal our land, render our flesh useless and marginalize us into extinction. We all knew it was coming eventually, but did we realize our impending doom was so rapidly arriving? First they’ll take our jobs, then our homes, then before we know it the robots will be controlling and running industry.

You may be wondering what exactly triggered this dramatic lede that is a glorified existential spiral?! Well, to lead the charge of human disenfranchisement the CEO of Carl’s Jr. has recently unveiled hopeful plans to replace his human employees with robots.

What is his reasoning for accelerating his corner of the fast food market into the humanless hell we all fear?! The increasing minimum wage (cry me a fucking river dude, you run a multi-million dollar corporation), the obvious lack of sick days or scheduling mishaps with robots, and the claim that millennials prefer the lack of human contact (which I simultaneously both oppose and vouch for).

He’s not the first to jump on the electro-bandwagon as there is already a futuristic restaurant in San Francisco completely staffed by robots, and a few more in China that utilize our metal buddies. Despite my spiraling paranoia that this slow-roll replacement of humans-by-robots will render me and all those I love homeless and jobless in a matter of years, I understand the appeal. Robot employees guarantee consistency, it’s still a novel enough experience it will attract people, and there is something to be said about ordering your food sans the potentially awkward human interactions.

The disconcerting side of course is the blatant classist displacement of workers in an economy that’s already shitty in general, particularly for people juggling families with service jobs. Robots don’t need to receive or exchange money in order to survive, since they weren’t born into flesh and this is exactly why the Carl’s Jr. news is a terrifying preview of the inevitable domination via robots. The burgers are good though.

(Eater)