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No really, robots are about to take A LOT of jobs

ZDNet

Warehouse workers don't have an easy job. In an on-demand fulfillment economy the work is ceaseless, the pay low, and the drive for efficiency brutal. Earlier this year the Department of Labor even stepped in with an initiative attempting to safeguard warehouse workers' rights. Add to that the resigned inevitability hovering over many of these jobs. Robots, already prominent in logistics operations, are steadily taking on tasks that previously required humans, including in the crucial final stage of picking and sorting.


Amazon builds its first fully autonomous mobile robot for warehouses

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The robot, called Proteus, will soon be deployed in fulfillment centers and sort centers, 10 years after Amazon established its robotics business with the acquisition of the robotics firm Kiva Systems. The e-commerce giant has long said its ultimate aim is to build warehouse robots that work "alongside" humans rather than replacing them. Unlike other warehouse robots, Proteus can actually safely work "alongside" humans. "Historically, it's been difficult to safely incorporate robotics in the same physical space as people," Amazon explained in a blog post. "We believe Proteus will change that while remaining smart, safe, and collaborative."


The Future of Fast Online Delivery, From Drones to Robots Carrying Takeout

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Tech companies, retailers and real-estate firms working on ways to alleviate the strain of constant delivery on urban environments envision an alternate scenario: skies filled with zipping delivery drones and floating dirigible warehouses, streets and sidewalks teeming with as many robots as people, familiar storefronts serving as automated stockrooms for online fulfillment. A look at how innovation and technology are transforming the way we live, work and play. The e-commerce process, from order to fulfillment, will gradually move toward total automation, says David Wilson, chief executive of machinery company Columbus McKinnon, which uses robotic components in warehouse lifting equipment. "The vehicle that pulls up is an autonomously driven vehicle. The unpacking is done with vision technology and robotic equipment. The movement of equipment to automated storage and retrieval systems is done via mobile robots," Mr. Wilson says, describing the warehouse of the future.


The 12 Industries Amazon Could Disrupt Next - CB Insights Research

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Since 1999, Amazon's disruptive bravado has made "getting Amazoned" a fear for executives in any sector the tech giant sets its sights on. Here are the industries that could be under threat next. Jeff Bezos once famously said, "Your margin is my opportunity." Today, Amazon is finding opportunities in industries that would have been unthinkable for the company to attack even a few years ago. Throughout the 2000s, Amazon's e-commerce dominance paved a path of destruction through books, music, toys, sports, and a range of other retail verticals. Big box stores like Toys "R" Us, Sports Authority, and Barnes & Noble -- some of which had thrived for more than a century -- couldn't compete with Amazon's ability to combine uncommonly fast shipping with low prices. Today, Amazon's disruptive ambitions extend far beyond retail. With its expertise in complex supply chain logistics and competitive advantage in data collection, Amazon is attacking a whole host of new industries. The tech giant has ...


Coco's restaurant delivery bots are headed to more warm-weather cities

Engadget

Coco, a company that offers food deliveries by remote-controlled robot, has expanded beyond its home base of Los Angeles for the first time. The service is now available in Austin as it commences a nationwide rollout. Coco plans to bring its robots to Dallas, Houston and Miami in the next few months. The company says its service, which debuted in 2020, now has hundreds of delivery robots on the streets of LA, covering all of the city's major neighborhoods. Coco claims to reduce costs and deliver food to customers 30 percent faster than traditional methods with an on-time delivery rate of 97 percent.


How AI drone delivery services are Transforming the Package Delivery industry?

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What if a drone flight lands in your garden and delivers a product you booked online and takes off in seconds. Do you know how this happens? While many people are doubtful experts believe that the adoption of drones also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), will become more common in the future. This blog will explain how AI drone services are transforming package industry. Drone delivery is employing unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages.


Robotic Arms Are Using Machine Learning to Reach Deeper Into Distribution

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Experts say the technology isn't replacing human workers anytime soon. But the latest steps show warehouse robots are evolving as the computer vision and software that guide them grow more sophisticated, allowing them to take on more tasks that have been largely done by people. Puma North America Inc., a division of Puma SE, is using several robotic arms to assemble orders of clothing and shoes at a distribution center in Torrance, Calif.; the company plans to install more robots at another site outside Indianapolis. The technology from Nimble Robotics Inc., whose customers include Best Buy Co. and Victoria's Secret & Co., uses a combination of cameras, grippers and artificial intelligence to pluck items from bins that another automated system delivers to workstations usually staffed by people. Remote operators are on hand to assist if the robot has trouble picking up an object.


Top 5 AI announcements at CES 2022

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CES is the world's most prominent technology event, serving as a testing ground for new technologies and worldwide innovators. This is where the world's most well-known brands conduct business and meet new partners, as well as the brightest innovators, take the stage. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) owns and produces CES, which showcases every facet of the technology industry. Manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of consumer technology products, content, technology delivery systems, and more are featured at CES. Exhibitors present items in all areas of consumer technology, including 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart cities, sports, robotics, and more. This article explores the top AI announcements made at CES 2022 till now.


How Meituan is redefining food delivery in China with drones – TechCrunch

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On a congested sidewalk next to a busy mall in Shenzhen, a 20-something woman uses a smartphone app to order a milk tea on Meituan, a major food delivery company. In under ten minutes, the pearl-white drink arrives, not on the back of one of the city's ubiquitous delivery bikes, but descending from the cloudy heavens, in a cardboard box on the back of a drone, into a small roadside kiosk. The only thing the scene is missing is a choir of angels. Over the past two years, Meituan, one of China's largest internet companies, has flown 19,000 meals to 8,000 customers across Shenzhen, a city with close to 20 million people. The pilot program is available to just seven neighborhoods, each with a three-kilometer stretch, and only from a select number of merchants.


The Rise Of AI In The Transportation And Logistics Industry

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What a ride it has been in the Transportation and Logistics (T&L)sector regarding the B2C eCommerce growth boom world-wide, much of this driven by the global retail sales growth during COVID-19. This accelerated growth and now with global trade rapidly rebounding, the timing is right for the transportation and logistics industry to advance smarter digital transformations. According to McKinsey, this industry must be completely digital to secure its future – but what will it take? The future although seems rosy, is complex and challenging due to rapid industry consolidations, new technology acceleration, ever constant regulatory changes such as GDBR, and of course, Brexit impacting European markets. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has been most vocal reinforcing the importance of the T&L Industry to take heed on the importance of customer experiences – how courier drivers ship, route and deliver parcels and products with agile speed has become the new normal.