Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

Amazon doesn't have the strongest reputation for touchy-feeliness. 

(I've only just started, but I'll pause for you to insert your own joke.)

It's said to be a highly experimental, but harsh company where standards are high and tolerance levels would defeat the world limbo champion.

The company's warehouse workers in various parts of the world express unhappiness. Toilet breaks are said to be frowned upon.

"We are not robots," some protesting Amazon workers proclaim, as they push for unionization.

Talking of which.

It's well-known that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos delights in the idea of your underpants being delivered by drone.

What more, though, could robotic creations do to save him money?

Well, here's a video that offers a clue.

Created by Boston Dynamics, it shows two deformed metal geese performing some of the tasks you might expect to be currently in the purview of Amazon warehouse humans.

These so-called Handle Bots are capable -- at least according to the video -- of stacking boxes and putting them on conveyor belts.

A dream, surely, for Amazon.

These robots don't need unionization or urination.

They don't need time off, vacations, visits to a psychologist or even a quick Frapuccino to perk them up on a hot day.

They're the ideal workers. Well, save for the fact that they make a lot of noise and they're not exactly quick, are they?

Sadly for Amazon, such robots aren't quite ready to be thrust into wonders of the warehouse just yet. 

I fear they're not yet able to identify your order and distinguish between a small and your extra-large.

This is, though, another fetching example of how automation can -- and ultimately will -- change work methods.

Optimists and the temporarily giddy will say this is progress.

Robots will take the jobs humans don't like doing, so that those humans can be more creative and enjoy a more satisfying work experience.

The life-addled, though, might snort that there simply aren't enough creative opportunities in the world for all the people who may be deemed surplus to requirements. 

Other than as robot-maintenance staff, of course.

Published on: Apr 1, 2019
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