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Prime Minister Theresa May.

Half a million NHS jobs could be slashed in plans by Theresa May’s former policy chief

Former health minister George Freeman said 850,000 jobs including half a million in the NHS could be "automated" by 2030. The chairman of Taxpayers' Alliance said hundreds of thousands of people would be sacked from "mundane jobs" which would be a "win".
The Shake Shack restaurant on Astor Place only has automated kiosks — no cashiers.

Shake Shack is testing its high-tech ordering kiosks in more restaurants across the country. Here’s what they’re like to use.

Shake Shack announced plans in October to go cashless by replacing cashiers with automated kiosks. But many customers hated the idea of a cash-free restaurant, and Shake Shack soon abandoned those plans, though it still plans to test ordering kiosks at some new locations.
A sow is seen inside Guangxi Yangxiang's high-rise pig farm at Yaji Mountain Forest Park in Guangxi province, China.

China is moving ahead with a huge robot farming pilot that could one day put many of the country’s 250 million farmers out of work

Millions of unproductive, polluting farms in China could be modernized through a new pilot for automated agriculture. With a rise in automated farming, China could experience greater yields and cheaper food production.
A woman takes a selfie in a Walmart store with a Bossanova shelf-scanning robot.

Walmart is building a home for grocery-shopping robots next to one of its stores — and it offers a glimpse into the company’s automated fu...

Walmart will soon start using automated robotic carts to pick and pack shoppers' online grocery orders. The company is building a 20,000-square-foot extension to one of its stores in Salem, New Hampshire, that will house the carts and hundreds of products.

We tried the kiosks that analysts say could help McDonald’s win back $2.7 billion in sales. Here’s the verdict.

McDonald's is rolling out a new way to order at its restaurants. Kiosks have increased accuracy and efficiency for fast-food chains. But are kiosks better for customers to use?
Michael Tubbs, the mayor of Stockton, California, which is experimenting with basic income.

How a jobs guarantee or basic income could protect Americans from automation and stagnating wages

Technology will continue to grow unabated, so rather than seeking to dull innovation and reduce long-term growth, new approaches may be necessary. If income, not work, is the problem, policy decisions must react to those realities.
Inside Bowery Farming's warehouse farm in Kearny, New Jersey.

An executive behind Amazon’s massive warehouse fulfillment operation has moved to a vertical farming startup

Amazon veteran Brian Donato has joined Bowery, a vertical farming startup that grows greens indoors without natural sunlight or soil. He was hired to help the company scale up, according to a new report from Bloomberg.
There's a new way to get your grub — and it may be a good thing for fast-food employees.

Robots are already working in fast-food restaurants — here’s exactly what they’re doing right now

McDonald's, KFC, Panera, and other fast food joints already have robot employees. Experts say that this automation won't replace human workers. Instead, they say the bots fill a major labor gap in food service.
Tacolicious, a popular Mexican restaurant in San Francisco, employees front-of-house workers. But some of the city's restaurants either can't find or afford them.

The San Francisco housing market is so absurd that restaurants are putting diners to work because they can’t afford to pay waiters

Housing in San Francisco is so costly, restaurant workers are leaving the city for more affordable regions, according to The New York Times. Some of the city's restaurants can't find — or can't afford — workers. They're finding solutions for operating without a staff.

This futuristic cafe relies on robots to take your order and make your coffee — no human interaction required

Cafe X uses robots in lieu of humans to build out coffee orders. But despite the stigma accompanying the industry's automation trend, the company said it's focused on "humans working alongside technology," not replacing them.