Amazon is making efforts to introduce automation in day-to-day operations. The company is currently testing humanoid robots in warehouses in the US. The company is testing a new robot called Digit. With arms and legs, these robots can move and pick up and put away packages, containers, and customer orders.
At the same time, there has been a lot of criticism from the workers against this move by Amazon. A trade union has accused Amazon of treating workers like robots for years. Automation at Amazon is the start of job losses and they have already seen hundreds of jobs lost, said Stuart Richard, a trade union organizer in the UK, GMB.
At the same time, Amazon announced that its robotic systems have helped create thousands of new jobs. Amazon says about 700 different types of new jobs have been created. There are currently 7,50,000 robots working in the company. They are mostly used in repetitive tasks.
Ty Brady, Amazon’s chief technologist for robotics, has disputed claims that Amazon’s warehouses will be completely automated in the future. People can never be replaced, he told reporters in Seattle.
A complete transition to automation will never be a reality. Brady said that people are essential to think higher and identify problems, and only then can the process be completed.
Digit robots are currently being deployed in warehouses on a trial basis. This is to test the robot’s ability to work alongside humans.
However, companies have long relied on automation systems to cut costs and increase productivity.