This is one short story about a hypothetical timeline where AI replaces management and thereby eliminates social mobility and entrenching the Bourgeoisie.
In all honesty: I think Marshall Brain has it all wrong. I’m pretty familiar with fast food economics. They are the cotton plantation of wage slavery. Raise minimum wage high enough, and there will be a cotton gin moment where we see another X% of the population looking at permanent unemployment cause their burger assembly skills will be obsolete.
Redbox is coming to a fast food joint near you. It’ll be advancements in food packaging which will fascilitate the process.
As burger patties become packaged like presliced cheese/individually packaged snacks, the machines will be developed to build a burger from a magazine fed conveyor.
Human hands can feed bullets in to a bolt action rifle at maybe .3/second. A magazine feed can feed that same rifle at 3/second.
Now you have hopper fed french friers, magazine fed burger assembly machines, and beverage dispensers. You’ll have 1 employee staffing the drive up and one manager cleaning the store.
That’ll last until they go self-check out and you order from a computer like you navigate automatic telephone trees. The entire kitchen will be autonomous with maintenence crews on call.
The manager will be the last to go. Replaced by a customer complaint hotline on par with vending machines.
Machine shops still have managers, but you see fewer and fewer machinists. Management isn’t the low hanging fruit IMHO. It’s workers.