Amazon, Brad Porter, NPR discussed on Morning Edition


Kiva robots. They look like large room buzz carrying yellow shelving units in traditional warehouses. It's the people who walk to the shelves here. It's the robots the bring the shelves to people. The machines know what to bring in went to get each order packed in time for delivery. It's a I keeping track of all items and almost a million square feet of this warehouse. I constantly arranges the shells. So the things you're about to buy already to go. There's a mix of industrial automation manual processes and more sophisticated robotics. Brad porter is the head of robotics for Amazon operations. This is controversial work in retail where playoffs are rampant. Just as automated reshapes, the workforce, economists are divided on how much exactly a I will eliminate or create jobs, especially for lower income Americans in its defense. Amazon often. Points to how much it's actually been hiring to porter. We are in the latest chapter of industrialization, industrial automation and robotics are here. They've been here for a long time one area where a has created a new type of job is in deliveries in the last mile in busy cities, Amazon has to pull out all the stops. The company took a page from Uber and now hires drivers for side gigs making super fast deliveries that pay as much as twenty five dollars an hour. Fuels this it matches package size car size and even recommends what package to put in last. She buys says when you're in one hour race every minute counts. So is timing estimates consider traffic and building entry codes and it learns from its mistakes. The driver forgets his key at reception and has to walk a little bit longer the drives delivering a package, and it's an elderly lady, and they talk a little bit. It's hard for me to predict all these scenarios. He says, but next time maybe the address with a chatty, Cathy will get a few more minutes baked into the algorithm. Alina? So you NPR news Seattle..

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