Shentong Express (STO), a Chinese delivery powerhouse has replaced half of it's warehouse workforce with little orange sorting robots. The machines
can sort up to 200,000 packages a day and are self-charging, meaning they can operate 24/7.
Efficiency has also been improved by 30% and sorting accuracy has been maximized. According to a STO spokesman, the robots are being used in two of
their centers. They will start using them across China, especially in their bigger centers.
The output of industrial robots in China grew 30.4% last year. In China's 5 year plan, they have set a target for annual production of these robots to
100,000 by 2020.
I hate hearing people losing their jobs, but these little robots are pretty cool to watch. Not really what I was expecting when you hear that robots
are taking jobs. I guess the next generation of the workforce will be specializing in robotics, coding, etc...
One thing is clear, the robot apocalypse is snowballing into an avalanche.
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...and once again more human jobs are lost to machines.
The climb of technology is a wondrous thing to behold, the stuff of science fiction fantasy, and yet as the technology becomes more and more advanced
and there is less and less need for human employees- what will people do for a living? For now they need people to build and program most of the
machines, but as technology (AI) advances eventually the machines will be able to do these things for themselves- then what? Will we all just live the
"Life of Riley"? I think not. Only those who own stock in the companies will have income, and even then not for long as people with no income cannot
pay for goods and services provided by the machines.
Store clerks are already being replaced with self check-out kiosks, fast food workers replaced with self-serve kiosks, delivery drivers slowly being
replaced with robots and drones, manufacturing workers replaced by machines, farm workers replaced by machines, customer service reps replaced with
computerized voice recognition software, bankers replaced with online banks with computerized tellers, etc. When machines have finally taken over all
of the jobs how will we survive? With a provided basic income? How? machines don't pay income tax or property tax or school taxes. And Lord forbid
the day AI becomes self-aware and decides that humans are a burden to the system...
I'm sure that all sounds a bit paranoid, but watching the advance of technology through the decades was exciting at first, but quickly becoming
downright scary when you look at the big future picture.
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