Remember when President Obama groused about the rise of job-killing technology?
There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate. All these things have created changes in the economy, and what we have to do … is identifying where the jobs for the future are going to be.
Let’s hope the president hasn’t seen these high-tech Japanese restaurants, devoid of human servers — the concept will undoubtedly cause him to make statements that will give the stock markets the jitters as he predicts our country’s impending demise.
Called “kaiten,” translated as “revolving” in Japanese, the automated sushi restaurants deliver food on microchip-embedded plates. Instead of a waiter taking your order, a conveyor belt meanders past your table and you select plates as they go by. The plates are covered by special “sendo-kun” — “Mr. Fresh” — domes. The transparent domes protect the food and maintain the optimum temperature. The microchips keep track of the dishes so the kitchen personnel know how long they’ve been floating around the conveyor and which dishes have been consumed so they can keep their inventory stocked and fresh.
If you want a special order, there’s a touchscreen tablet conveniently located above the table and the conveyor belt will promptly deliver your special request within a couple minutes. After you’re done eating, simply deposit your plates into a slot next to your table where they are scanned and your bill is tabulated.
And then comes the part that will likely get Mrs. Obama’s kimono all in a twist: For every five plates you send down the shoot you are rewarded with a spin of your tablet’s roulette wheel where you can win small prizes. The more you eat, the more you win!
Mothers of picky eaters everywhere will rejoice when this comes to America.
And if they can find a way to replace the raw fish with pulled pork, I’m all in.