According to the Forbes article, fast food and restaurant job applications and positions have "soared" since Seattle raised the minimum wage to $11. I know that some people are lobbying for minimum wage to be raised even higher to $15. From what I can tell, workers in this area see $11 as an opportunity to make better money than the previous minimum wage. But my question is, is $11 still enough to live on if you have rent, utilities, food, and family to support? I guess I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. I keep reading articles about minimum wage type jobs will be gradually replaced by machines, automatic checkout, and even robotics type technology in the future. We already see this type of thing with "self checkout" machines and robots in hotels. According to studies, the only thing that might still need manpower in the future is the food prep aspect, but not the customer service. So does it make sense to incentivize people to rely on these types of jobs, rather than go for the types of jobs that will give them careers in the long run? I'm curious to hear what others think.