Picture this: a work environment where robots and humans work together in harmony. As The New York Times reports, this isn’t a utopian future, but actual Amazon warehouses, where work is equally balanced between people and robots. Due to Amazon’s rapid, massive growth, robots were brought in to assist humans, taking on more monotonous and physically demanding tasks, and make fulfilling orders more efficient. Despite this, every human employee kept their jobs, and Amazon found different roles for workers whose roles were displaced by robots. Some employees were trained to help to operate or maintain the robots. What will happen when the next wave of robots come to Amazon? Time will tell if Amazon can set a precedent and continue to protect job growth for its people while still transforming work with innovative technology.
Sep 19, 2017