Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Exclusive: Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs

quote [ Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders. ]

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[by steele@4:29amGMT]

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snowfox said @ 9:31am GMT on 14th May [Score:1 Underrated]
Is automating a terrible job a bad thing? The problem isn't automation but this idea that everyone has to be employed to exist and that we should have 8+ hour work days.

I am not the only person who would be willing to subsidize giving someone a nice little apartment and an XBox to just get out of the way so I can do my job unimpeded by incompetence.
lilmookieesquire said @ 8:17pm GMT on 14th May [Score:1 Interesting]
It’s a tool.

But it’s not like workhours have gone down or salary has gone up as business efficiency rose.
Working seems like it’s part of the social order.
When you get SEers on the streets you get the riots.
Or enlightenment.
Or enlightened riots.
snowfox said @ 9:51pm GMT on 14th May
I dunno. We're a bunch of do-nothing intellectuals who sit in a room and talk. I think the people who would throw Molotov cocktails left long ago. Although... I do have a violent streak and a lot of pent up aggression.
arrowhen said @ 11:39pm GMT on 14th May [Score:1 Underrated]
I sit in a room and type in order to avoid talking.
lilmookieesquire said @ 2:12am GMT on 15th May
I am reminded of the torture with the fluffy pillow Montez python skit.
foobar said @ 9:34am GMT on 15th May
Molotov cocktails don't do all that much in the fullness of things. I'm sure lots of us are doing things far more effective than setting things on fire.
steele said @ 8:36pm GMT on 14th May [Score:1 Underrated]
I agree with you. Automating jobs isn't a bad thing. Automating jobs after personally attacking the social safety nets that a post-work society would require, is a bad thing.
Hugh E. said @ 11:04am GMT on 14th May
Deal!
rylex said @ 4:32pm GMT on 14th May
your idea is already here.
it's called QA Testing.

it's shitty fun and now pays minimum wage thanks to movies such as Grandma's Boy
snowfox said @ 6:28pm GMT on 14th May
Is a movie really why or is it that the pool of able employees grew as we became more tech literate? The only QA I've done in recent history was breaking a website for a tech company by just doing everything I and every other nerd would do by default.

I found their site did not work well in Edge (nice nickname you gave yourself, Explorer, but we all remember your real name). I noted this but that their market would use Chrome or Firefox so it really didn't matter; they concurred.

In theory, what I did was a monkey job that could be scripted. Having it click all links and open in new tab is easy, and fortunately the tech already exists to have it click videos and see if they load, though it's probably cheaper to have a human being check that the videos are the correct sorts of videos... for now.

My ex is in data entry and thinks that is a real career. He just copies information from one form to another because the forms don't play nicely with eachother. His job could easily be scripted away but his employers are both too cheap and too stupid to do so. The data fields never change so all it would take is one person hand-identifying the fields one time to make the forms transfer. That isn't why we broke up, but it's a contributing factor and not a bad reason on its own.
arrowhen said @ 12:00am GMT on 15th May [Score:3 Funny]


You can't just try all the things every nerd would do, you also have to try all the things that you desperately want to believe no one would ever be stupid enough to do. AI can figure out the nerd stuff, but I don't think Artificial Stupidity will ever be as dumb as the real thing.
snowfox said @ 12:51am GMT on 15th May
YAS. Cat pix. :D

In this instance anyone using the site is someone who knows about FPGAs, which means it was all nerds. On a site with forms I would try little Bobby Droptables and Ms. Null to emulate malicious nerds.
wombB0t said @ 5:07pm GMT on 14th May [Score:1 laz0r]
On a marginally related note, that TEF song was real popular with the Red Army for obvious reasons:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI9KBLb_8ro
mechanical contrivance said @ 12:58pm GMT on 14th May
Maybe this is why Amazon is helping some of their warehouse employees become package couriers.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/05/amazon-to-employees-quit-your-job-well-help-you-start-a-delivery-business/
steele said @ 9:56pm GMT on 14th May
Start a delivery business = 3 months severence to buy a truck and fill out a 1099.
ComposerNate said @ 1:58pm GMT on 14th May
Whatever helps stave off climate change.
5th Earth said @ 3:46pm GMT on 14th May
Any job that can be done by robots will be done by robots.
mechanical contrivance said @ 3:58pm GMT on 14th May
What happens when AI becomes advanced enough to take over for the executives?
snowfox said @ 9:53pm GMT on 14th May
We'll be too immersed in VR pornography to even notice.
lilmookieesquire said @ 8:15pm GMT on 14th May
Benzos is automating jobs and working to raise min wage to make sure companies that didn’t automate have trouble competing.

It’s Progressive Washing.

This goes back to companies pretending to be decent/backing up “progressive” movements in order to be successful.

Kind of like how EU regulations makes it hard for some importers.

Personally I look forward to the UBI riots when the zillenials process me for foodstuffs.
steele said @ 8:38pm GMT on 14th May
I think the zillenials are going to have a much richer food pallet than you give them credit for. ;)
lilmookieesquire said @ 2:16am GMT on 15th May [Score:1 Funsightful]
I’ll be offended when I am not consumed for nutrients. Look maybe I’m not 100% organic but I’m juicy and delicious and I think you could...


Goddamn it. I’m going to be composted to grow vegetables aren’t I. Little bastards.
Ankylosaur said @ 2:23am GMT on 15th May
Bourgeois on toast.
steele said @ 2:59am GMT on 15th May
Mouthwatering World.
5th Earth said @ 4:08pm GMT on 15th May
The problem eating the rich that they are high in saturated fat.
steele said @ 4:29pm GMT on 15th May
Problem? That's where all the flavor gets trapped!

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