Warehouse Robots at Work

IEEE spectrum (spectrum.ieee.org) takes you inside Kiva Systems’ robotic warehouse, where orange robots make inventory move instead of workers. Over time the system becomes increasingly efficient, with the robots learning from the wisdom of the crowd. To read more about Kiva Systems and how their robots work, check out the article at http
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22 Responses to Warehouse Robots at Work

  1. Covertfun says:

    You should’ve worn a tie.

  2. CrypteGardien says:


  3. mlnlme1 says:

    The world is coming to a point where unskilled labor is no longer needed. If you look at it, the job of the guy filling the order could be (relatively) easily fulfilled by another part of the robot system, creating a humanless system. Thats why I design/program robots for a living

  4. HyperSpify says:

    Well you could reduce work hours and redistribute the work you know. If there are 100 people each working 50 hours/week and 20 of them are replaced by robots, you now have 80 people working 50 hours/week and 20 unemployed people. So just cut working hours to 40 hours/week, and have all 100 people work 40 hours/week instead. In the US people work more hours with less vacation than the rest of the developed world, so it would hit 2 birds with one stone.

  5. HyperSpify says:

    Yeah, they’ll threaten to run us over if we walk onto any warehouse floor. Oh noes!! We’re all DOOMED!!!!

  6. loompf says:

    Anyone else watch this because of the Roosterteeth podcast?

  7. Dylan A. Kent says:

    And now Amazon uses this. No breaks, no vacations, no injuries. No people.

  8. tmanran says:

    Why have humans at all?

  9. farvision says:

    No, vote Romney and all jobs will be outsourced. In the USA you get to buy anything but have no job and no money to do so. Also, vote Romney to make sure you are not educated enough to run the robot factory.

  10. subzeroatl says:

    Really? Same thing happened to my Uncle Bob in ’84.

  11. karamazovbeeeeeees says:

    Americans get the jobs building and repairing the robots at least.

  12. willwgp86 says:

    I was hoping the announcement of new Amazon Warehouses meant more jobs for America, but no, it’s more awesome robotic automation to wipe us out! So much for that.

  13. sueb262 says:

    however, the computer that runs them can probably spell.

  14. sueb262 says:

    They won’t take our men?

  15. iconsumeworlds says:

    Soon it will be us on those shelves…being moved into GAS CHAMBERS

  16. toydragoninblue says:


  17. blackmath2012 says:

    Who will shop at Amazon when we have all been replaced by robots?

  18. nacoran says:

    They’ve got a robot to bring the worker the product, but they can’t get a second robot to fold a box and put a label on it? Seriously, the person who ordered the product on the web already decided what was going in the box. I don’t see a reason to have an employee in the equation here, and once you’ve taken the human out of the room, it seems that instead of moving the shelves you could have tightly packed shelves with smaller robots.

  19. Blacksquirrel014 says:

    Its like Wall-E!

  20. chibears250 says:

    1 word skynet. They will start by taking out jobs, and then out women, then our lifes. ALL HAIL THE ROBOT OVERLORDS

  21. GHOSTTOYS says:

    thats when company howner should draw the line …. i mean is it that hard to hired like 2 or 3 more people .. after that they ask why there is no more job …

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