The robots are coming! Better get used to it

by Stephen Shankland, CNET news.com

Six times in the last month I’ve been struck by the increasing utility of robots performing tasks that a human otherwise would. I can’t imagine the number will be going down, either. The most recent example was Amazon’s $775 million acquisition of Kiva Systems, a company that automates warehouse operations with robots. “Kiva’s technology is another way to improve productivity by bringing the products directly to employees to pick, pack, and stow,” said Dave Clark, vice president of global customer fulfillment at Amazon, in a statement. In other words, robots do a lot of the grunt work to make the warehouse run faster. Amazon knows a lot about operating at large scale, and robots that might not make sense for a small company are a good match for huge warehouses wired directly to a huge e-commerce operation.

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