Are you concerned if your job is going to be overtaken by a bot? You need not be if you work in Amazon, which has sacked the concept of completely-automated warehouses turning out to be a reality any time shortly. As per Scott Anderson, director of robotics fulfillment at Amazon, such tech in its present form is “very restricted.”
In a tour of Balitmore warehouse of Amazon for journalists this week, Anderson claimed that while the firm is exploring a series of automation techs, there is a misperception that the firm will be restoring human employees with robots in the time to come. On the other hand, it is on the schedule, with Anderson offering a pipeline of “minimum a decade” before warehouses turn out to be completely automated.
Currently, the warehouses of Amazon that employ robots are mostly worried about normal merchandise such as bikes and homewares, but their features are restricted. Robots are not able to pick products from bins without breaking other products, or pick various products, in a manner that makes them any more competent as compared to human employees.
On a related note, how will you cope with the possibility that automation and robots will possibly result in many individuals losing their jobs? For Bill Gates (Microsoft co-founder), the answer is simple: tax the robots. In a statement to the media, Gates disputes that taxing robots might offset job losses by financially supporting the training for positions where people are still required, such as senior or child care. It can even slow computerization to a more controllable rate, if required.
Gates is well known of possible drawbacks—he is aware that taxation might eventually slow modernization by making robots prohibitively costly. On the other hand, he is sure that governments must be “making policy” so that they are ready when there is a sudden overabundance of unemployed people.