There’s an even greater benefit from higher minimum wages in the long run: greater incentive to automate. Lots of restaurant automation robots in use and in development. We’ll get faster roll-out of customer-facing food ordering panels. Why talk to the cashier when you can select what you want and then slide your own credit or debit card? I’ve ordered pizzas online and then walked to a nearby pizzeria to pick up my order. It was done by the time I got there.

While most people are aware of home robotic vacuum cleaners less well known are industrial strength robotic vacuum cleaners for offices. Higher minimum wages will accelerate the development and deployment of robots.