Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local
The advent of artificial intelligence is upon us. Many jobs are being automated currently, and that is a trend that most experts on the topic believe will not end. In some cases, jobs are not fully automated, but workers end up working alongside robots.
That is the case currently at amazon. And at Amazon, it is the case that the robots take on the most physically laborious of jobs. Unfortunately, for human-Amazon workers, these robots are high maintenance and such maintenance requires the eyes of humans. In turn, this creates a new form of hard labor for Amazon workers.
According to many Amazon workers, it is not only the case that the robots are heavy, but also, they can be “nerve-racking”.
“When you’re out there, and you can hear them moving around, but you can’t see them, it’s like, ‘Where are they going to come from?’,” Amazon worker Amanda Taillon said. “It’s a little nerve-racking at first.”
Currently, Amazon has over 200,000 robotic workers in its warehouse facilities. Given the fact that Amazon is spreading the existence of such facilities, the utility of such robotic workers will almost inevitably expand. These fast-moving robots are called “drives” and according to retailers that work with Amazon, without these robots shipping packages quickly and on time would be a near-impossibility.
“The efficiencies we gain from our associates and robotics working together harmoniously — what I like to call a symphony of humans and machines working together — allows us to pass along a lower cost to our customer,” said Tye Brady, Amazon Robotics’ chief technologist.