AI & Robot update: job losses on the horizon - growing food more important than ever
If you caught my interview with Dr. Kai Fu Lee on "AI and the Future of Food" you know that I am deeply concerned about the coming tsunami of job losses about to hit humanity. If you want to see that presentation - please let me know and I'll find a way to get it posted for you - put a comment down below. That Dr. Lee gave me (and you) the time to discuss the impact of technology on food is amazing (he is considered the Bill Gates of China).
Dr. Lee is very much supportive of the Grow Networks work and mission.
Yikes with all the crises we have impending do we really need another? LOL
Amazon employs over 631,000 people world wide, and 100,000 seasonally. They have been having labor issues - workers unionizing, etc. Of course, there are tons of complaints about how Amazon treats their workers...
Anyway, it should not come as a shock with the news announcements that Amazon is beginning to use robots in it's warehouses to replace humans. The technology is not quite there to replace the majority of workers (yet), but we all see how rapidly technology is advancing. There are guestimates that a complete 'lights out warehouse" will take about a decade (lights out because there are no humans)
Here is the original Reuters article that just came out: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-automation-exclusive/exclusive-amazon-rolls-out-machines-that-pack-orders-and-replace-jobs-idUSKCN1SJ0X1
Amazon is famous for its drive to automate as many parts of its business as possible, whether pricing goods or transporting items in its warehouses. But the company is in a precarious position as it considers replacing jobs that have won it subsidies and public goodwill. “We are piloting this new technology with the goal of increasing safety, speeding up delivery times and adding efficiency across our network,” an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement.