As a result, the hour or so layover I had there felt like an antisocial eternity and I wanted to get out of there as soon as possible.
I pay $200 a year for the airline club. Doing the math on it, if I buy a sandwich and a beer every time I go to the airport, I need to make four round trips in order for it to pencil out... since the airline club has free soup, salad, continental breakfast, cookies, snacks and beer and well drinks. In addition to paying for itself in four trips I get an environment with comfy chairs and people in it. SO worth it. Air travel is classist as hell; you've got the filthy casuals who are just trying to get there and you've got the road warriors for whom the airport is the least hectic thing they'll do all day. And what separates them, really, is money.
From what I understand of the Casino industry, the goal of casinos is to basically not cause that feeling, and keep people there as long as they can so they keep gambling. So I do think market forces will stave off automaton to some extent.
'K but check it out:
Machines have already replaced the “change girls” who once roamed the casino floor. Since then prep cooks and bakers have seen positions dwindle due to mass food prep and commissary kitchen operations. Most recently, robot room service and digital check-in kiosks have threatened job security.
So if you're customer-facing, you may have a future. But if you aren't, you're a loss leader. The girl who brings you a drink on the floor to keep you gambling? She's rawkin'. But the dude behind the bar mixing up vodka crans all day? Fuckin' doomed. Did you know about "robot room service?" I didn't.
For the unions though, going on strike to protest automation just seems... dumb? Like, maybe they give into your demands for now, but you're just reminding the big guys that there's another reason to hasten the implementation of robots that won't collectively bargain.
I would say "doomed" not "dumb."
The guy dealing baccarat is probably going to be fine. Blackjack?
Really, it's a low-skill labor force ripe for automation. You can strike for now - what else can you do? - but if I were in service, I'd start planning my escape about 30 seconds after I saw a robot delivering burgers.