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Amazon's 'Safe' New Robot Won't Fix its Worker Injury Problem

Amazon’s ‘Safe’ New Robot Won’t Fix its Worker Injury Problem

The introduction of Proteus comes 10 years after Amazon’s acquisition of Kiva Systems, which became Amazon Robotics. Kiva robots carry up to 1,000 pounds of customer orders from storage to human pickers, but operate in a part of the warehouse where humans cannot go. Strategic Organizing Center’s health and safety director Eric Frumin says Amazon’s …

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Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

Cruise’s Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

Around midnight on June 28, Calvin Hu was driving with his girlfriend near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park when he pulled up at an intersection behind two white and orange autonomous Chevrolet Bolts operated by Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors. Another was stopped to his right in the adjacent lane. The light turned green …

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Automation Isn't the Biggest Threat to US Factory Jobs

Automation Isn’t the Biggest Threat to US Factory Jobs

The number of American workers who quit their jobs during the pandemic—over a fifth of the workforce—may constitute one of the largest American labor movements in recent history. Workers demanded higher pay and better conditions, spurred by rising inflation and the pandemic realization that employers expected them to risk their lives for low wages, mediocre …

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