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October 19, 2023
Amazon Unveils New Robots To Replace Humans... wait, what?
Your $20 minimum wage just turned into $0 an hour.
Amazon announced yesterday that it has incorporated new robotic and artificial intelligence technology in an effort to improve its warehouse operations, speed up delivery times, and reduce injuries. This includes mobile robots and robotic arms.
The company claims that the robots will help with speeds, but I don’t know about that. If you watch this video it is very creepy and gives me the chills, you will see that they are moving ridiculously slow. And in fact, they would probably just get in the way.
But I guess when you add up the fact that they can work around the clock with absolutely no breaks, maybe that makes them faster than humans.
If you really think about it, it is a very smart business move.
According to The New York Post, the tech upgrade will be rolled out across the company’s 300 robotics operations sites worldwide starting next year, based on how it performs through the holiday season.
The company recently unveiled Sequoia, a robotic system that identifies and stores inventory up to 75% faster at its fulfillment centers. Amazon said in a statement that the technology also reduces the time it takes to process an order by up to 25%.
Amazon has not said if this will lead to any layoffs at the warehouses, but I think we all know the answer.
Amazon also told the Wall Street Journal that "it doesn't see automation and robotics as vehicles for eliminating jobs.”
But ARK Invest CEO Cathie Wood said in February she predicts within the next several years, Amazon’s use of robotic workers is about to explode.
“Amazon is adding about a thousand robots a day,” Wood said on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “If you compare the number of robots Amazon has to the number of employees, it’s about a third. And we believe that by the year 2030, Amazon can have more robots than employees.”
Why does EVERYTHING have to happen in 2030?
But it gets even creepier.
Amazon said it will also begin testing its bipedal robot, Digit, for use in its operations.
“Digit can move, grasp, and handle items in spaces and corners of warehouses in novel ways. Its size and shape are well suited for buildings that are designed for humans, and we believe that there is a big opportunity to scale a mobile manipulator solution, such as Digit, which can work collaboratively with employees,” the company said in a statement.
The creep technology that we have seen in a million sci-fi movies will help with a process referred to internally as tote recycling, which the company described as “a highly repetitive process of picking up and moving empty totes once inventory has been completely picked out of them.”
But do not worry, because Amazon claims it has no plans to lay off any humans and replace them with robots.
It is an interesting trend we see taking place simultaneously.
While Democrats demand higher wages, artificial intelligence, and robots are entering the workforce at a speedy rate.
Wendy’s also recently announced it plans to test delivering mobile orders with an “underground autonomous robot system.”
By the end of Fiscal Year 2026, Walmart said it believes about 65% of stores will be serviced by automation.
It also really feels like this was the year of the union. Everybody and their grandmas had picket signs demanding a bazillion dollars an hour.
But why pay an entitled liberal brat who doesn't want to work anyway, a bunch of money, when you can pay a robot $0?
The moral of the story, be careful what you wish for. Because now you are being replaced by a creep robot. And the progressives and union leaders who demanded your wage be increased, well nothing will happen to them. They still get paid. But you will be out of a job.
I just hope that at the very least, we have some cashiers left. Because I truly loathe self-checkout.