That's a copout. Just because Bezos buys one large newspaper now means that any other newspaper presenting a well-documented expose of the company with hundreds of their own employees talking about systemic issues is invalid?
I would suggest buying a Kindle book titled "The End of Jobs" by Taylor Pearson http://taylorpearson.me and look at the chapter on apprenticeships. Taylor gives excruciating detail on what a would-be apprentice (and the entrepreneur contemplating the responsibility of taking on an apprentice) should do, and what to expect from the relationship.
You may find it useful in landing the position you desire.
This will only accelerate the trend to automating away these jobs. E.g., serve your own soda -- it is cheaper than having a human make the drink for you. When humans are more expensive than machines, they are replaced.
Yes, minimum-wage increases are likely to be supported by the robotics lobby, as it makes a robot more competitive. Increased adoption of fast-food robots would then drive down the costs of restaurant mechanization.
Seems to me that robot stuff is getting cheaper faster than wages are going up. If a robot can do the job, then another $6 an hour probably isn’t all that different. Might as well pay people a living wage for hard work in the meantime.
I seriously think this will not happen. People like to interact with people when they are conducting transactions. A classic example is the bank teller. For all intensive purposes, you average ATM machine can handle just about 95% of your bank needs. You don't see any less tellers then you did before. Remember how people revolted when banks tried to charge you a fee if you went to see a teller instead of using an ATM machine?
I think what will happen is the complete opposite, fast food chains will start hiring more capable workers because that will be the big differentiator. Why would I go to a McDonalds, or Wendy's or Burger King? I'll go to which ever one has the polite and competent people taking my order.
Sure they will all jump on the automation bandwagon, but when everyone is doing it, some one is going to go back to "personalized" service as a differentiator.
Overall I am glad this is happening - their should be no reason why a person who works 40 hours a week in the wealthiest country ever known to be below the poverty line. Just doesn't make sense. Both economically, and from a human rights perspective.
I deliberately chose to use vrbo.com over airbnb.com for my last rental. Interestingly the condo was available on both and the rental terms were more favorable on vrbo.com for security deposit and the like.
I do not know how big a competitor vrbo.com is, but they exist.