Fewer fast food workers.
Via Legal Insurrection, via Hot Air. That one station represents three, maybe four part time jobs – and that’s assuming that it processes orders about as fast as a human would. If it can do so at a higher rate than the equivalent flesh-and-blood cashier then that one item will eliminate about fifteen or so jobs. And, let me tell you: managers hate having human cashiers. Human cashiers give out incorrect change, get scammed out of money, ring up the wrong orders, give out unauthorized upgrades in the (usually vain) hopes of impressing the opposite or desired sex, and generally stand there looking vaguely unappealing. Plus, now you have to give employees medical benefits, despite the fact that turnover is so high in the fast food industry that there’s a reasonable chance that they’ll be gone before the paperwork clears.
Good luck trying to legislate these things out of existence, too. Aside from the fact that doing so would be on shaky legal ground at absolute best, a cursory examination of the life and times of the Luddites suggests that fighting technological progress does not have a reputation for success on a long-term level. Besides, it’ll be amusing as all get-out to watch the techies and the Greenies fight it out in the Democratic party – particularly when the Greenies win, and start up with purging all the scientific literates from the party leadership…
PS: I should also note that, at this rate, increasing automation in fast food restaurants is going to put a heck of a lot of Latinos out of work, if Maryland’s restaurant worker demographics are representative of the country as a whole.