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Amazon to Increase Robots from 1,400 to 10,000 by End of 2014; Day in the Life of a Robot
MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | Mish Shedlock

Posted on 05/23/2014 8:14:47 AM PDT by Rusty0604

Have a job moving stuff or filling orders in a warehouse? If so, your job is in jeopardy.

Please consider Bezos expects 10,000 robots at Amazon warehouses by 2015

Amazon.com plans to aggressively expand its use of robots at it warehouses in 2014, rolling out 10,000 of them by the end of 2014.

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos told investors at Amazon’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday that the company has about 1,000 robots picking products today.

The robots are made by Kiva Systems, a company Amazon purchased two years ago for $775 million in a bid to further automate its warehouses. Last October, the company said it had deployed 1,382 robots in three warehouses.

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And unions are still out there demanding raises in minimum wage. I bet a robot's healthcare is less expensive. I don't think robots pay into the social security and medicare systems either.
1 posted on 05/23/2014 8:14:47 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

the age of robots is upon us, almost.

we need to form a “robot resistance caucus” at FR.

I’m thinking sooner rather than later.....


2 posted on 05/23/2014 8:17:29 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Rusty0604

Within 50 years, EVERY menial labor job will be done by robots (faster if the government keeps pushing minimum wage and mandatory benefit expansions).


3 posted on 05/23/2014 8:18:02 AM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar
Within 50 years, EVERY menial labor job will be done by robots

1) You are most likely correct
2) The political implications of that REALLY scare the bejeebers out of me.


4 posted on 05/23/2014 8:20:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Idle hands are the Devil’s Workshop.


5 posted on 05/23/2014 8:21:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: apillar

Within 50 years the elites won’t need many of us at all.

In fact, they’ve given the number of us they’ll ‘need’. Something like 100M total on the whole planet.

They’re pushing this tech to make that a possibility. How they plan to get rid of the rest of us is an open question at this point.

Because once your job becomes automated or AI’d out of existence then YOU become the useless eater too.


6 posted on 05/23/2014 8:21:53 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Rusty0604

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Next up by the elites, banning of robots and automated employee replacement devices.


7 posted on 05/23/2014 8:24:04 AM PDT by TheDon (Californians are losing their right to keep and bear firearms one firearm at a time.)
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To: Rusty0604
When the robot declares it was created in God's image....

Or even worse if it shouts 'allahu akbar!'.

8 posted on 05/23/2014 8:25:53 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Buckeye McFrog

More idle people. The employment participation rate is so low now, and more people on disability, and the few left with work have to pay for it all. It can’t last long.


9 posted on 05/23/2014 8:29:23 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: TheDon

Unions already trying that. They weren’t happy when horse buggy people weren’t needed, or when telephone operators didn’t have to connect each call either. I agree that automation made life much better, but what happens when no low skilled labor is needed at all?
If the healthcare mandate and other labor laws weren’t so onerous, maybe it would help keeping humans on the job more desirable.


10 posted on 05/23/2014 8:34:29 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Black Agnes
How they plan to get rid of the rest of us is an open question at this point.

Best way would be biological warfare. They'll make sure they have immunity, of course, and make it available to a select few for a price. The rest of the population will die of some hideous, lab-created plague over a period of several months.

11 posted on 05/23/2014 8:35:26 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: apillar

and socialism (or communism) will be accepted by just about everyone.

No jobs, either civil unrest or govt handouts.


12 posted on 05/23/2014 8:37:43 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: dfwgator

100% correct.

I see nothing good about this but it is inevitable and opinions are a waste of time. We’ll have to deal with it the best we can.


13 posted on 05/23/2014 8:39:08 AM PDT by roofgoat
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To: ConservativeDude
"the age of robots is upon us, almost. we need to form a “robot resistance caucus” at FR. I’m thinking sooner rather than later..... "

Why? (Serious question, not meant to be provocative.)

14 posted on 05/23/2014 8:44:42 AM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Rusty0604
In Asimov's The Naked Sun, the story takes place on a planet where the robot population outnumbers the humans by ten thousand to one.
15 posted on 05/23/2014 8:46:16 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Steely Tom

This place I used to be security at, had robots. They picked up pallets of printed material and bound magazines. All was well and good until one went rouge. At least one was going rouge all the time. They would stop to fast and dump 10,000 magazine pages all over the floor. Then they sit there and squawk until a person comes to their aide. There were collisions and traffic could back up all over the factory.


16 posted on 05/23/2014 8:53:44 AM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: defconw

How long ago was that?


17 posted on 05/23/2014 8:58:25 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

December 2012.


18 posted on 05/23/2014 8:59:53 AM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: MV=PY
"the age of robots is upon us, almost. we need to form a “robot resistance caucus” at FR. I’m thinking sooner rather than later..... "

Well, you better hurry because I heard that Grover Norquist, the Chamber of Commerce and the GOPe are trying to formulate a plan to recruit and reach out for the robot vote.

19 posted on 05/23/2014 9:01:13 AM PDT by Sideshow Bob
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To: Black Agnes

Within 50 years the elites won’t need many of us at all.

Within 50 years, most of us will be in Heaven (I hope)....I will be 95 in 50....I better not still be here....lol.


20 posted on 05/23/2014 9:02:28 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator

Do you plan on sterilizing your descendants as well?


21 posted on 05/23/2014 9:02:51 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Sideshow Bob

Why do they need so many low skilled illegal immigrants to work if they’re going to robots?


22 posted on 05/23/2014 9:16:51 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Within 50 years, EVERY menial labor job will be done by robots
  1. You are most likely correct
  2. The political implications of that REALLY scare the bejeebers out of me.
The fundamental issue is the relation of “work” to happiness. Basically, people fall into two categories - those who pursue happiness by exercising initiative and defining useful work, and those who accept others’ definitions and pursue happiness within the parameters of “work” as defined by others.

23 posted on 05/23/2014 9:30:38 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Rusty0604

” I agree that automation made life much better, but what happens when no low skilled labor is needed at all?”

They all go to Mexico.


24 posted on 05/23/2014 9:43:49 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
"The fundamental issue is the relation of “work” to happiness. Basically, people fall into two categories - those who pursue happiness by exercising initiative and defining useful work, and those who accept others’ definitions and pursue happiness within the parameters of “work” as defined by others. "

Quite nice! I've known this for a long time but never seen it put quite so succinctly.

25 posted on 05/23/2014 10:28:22 AM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I agree, except that it’ll be within more like 10 years, 20 at the outside.


26 posted on 05/23/2014 11:49:05 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; dfwgator
"The political implications of that REALLY scare the bejeebers out of me. "

Truly scary:


27 posted on 05/23/2014 12:38:47 PM PDT by DannyTN
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