Amazon’s robots don’t earn the living wage

Whilst thinking about the Amazon Anonymous protest, which is in part about how they treat their staff (amongst other things), this video of the Kiva robots, who work alongside humans in an Amazon warehouse in California, came my way.

In this facility 3000 robots are used to take the shelves to the pickers and packers so staff don’t walk the aisles finding inventory. The system has improved warehouse efficiency by 20%, according to the video below.

Amazon insist that the robots don’t take peoples’ jobs away from them. But they would say that wouldn’t they?

All that said, it’s a fascinating innovation and shows how much Amazon is investing in technology.