Amazon is testing humanoid robots in US warehouses, the latest sign that the tech giant is further automating its operations .
Amazon said the move was intended to “free up employees so they can better serve our customers.”
He said he is testing a new robot called Digit, which has arms and legs and can move, grasp and manipulate objects like a human.
A union says Amazon has been “treating its workers like robots for years.”
“Amazon’s automation is a fierce race towards job loss. Stuart Richards, an organizer with Britain’s GMB union, said hundreds of jobs had disappeared at Britain’s fulfillment centers.
At the time of the announcement, Amazon said its robotic system had actually helped create “hundreds of thousands of people.” new jobs” in its operations.
“This includes 700 new job categories, in skilled roles, that have never existed within the company,” the company said.
According to the giant tech giant, which currently has more than 750,000 robots working “in collaboration” with human employees, often used to perform “highly repetitive tasks”, and objected to the suggestion that the company could There will be a fully automated warehouse in the future.
“There was no part of me that thought this would become a reality,” he said.
“Human beings are at the heart of development: the ability to think at a higher level, the ability to diagnose problems.”
Instead of using wheels to move, Digit walks on two legs. It also has arms capable of picking up and moving packages, containers, customer orders and objects.
Amazon Robotics’ Scott Dresser told the BBC that this allows him to “manage steps, staircases or places in our facility that we need to go up and down”.