Amazon says that its warehouses 100% automated will not arrive before a decade

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If artificial intelligence and robotics are already present in Amazon's logistics, the automated whole would not be for immediately.

Our colleagues at Reuters have gathered the words of Scott Anderson, Head of Amazon's robotic solutions, that the idea of a fully automated warehouse will only be feasible in a decade, at a minimum. The one-size-fits-all nature of the machines or the multiplication of costs in the event of new programming-remains a brake at the moment.

In addition, the multiplication of robots requires that they be able to react appropriately in a dynamic universe. It is necessary that the machine sees, and understands its environment for smooth and efficient operation in the long term. Thus, the simple process of collecting an object, without prior "training", remains an obstacle at present.

However, man acknowledges that technical progress and automatic learning have brought the level of human sophistication closer, at a cost that is still far too high. Amazon is always looking for the future geniuses of robotics, thus organizing an annual challenge, consisting of picking up an object, before moving it in another sector of the logistic chain.

Amazon: fully automated warehouses to be built in at least 10 years

Heavily criticized for its working conditions, Amazon is thinking about fully automated warehouses, with robots. The latter will not be able to see the days for at least ten years.

Scott Anderson, director of robotic solutions at Amazon, explains that fully automated warehouses are not about to be built. And so robots will not (at least for now) replace humans. Anderson told Reuters that the idea that Amazon would use fully automated warehouses was "a false idea."

Amazon is often criticized for its working conditions. A few days ago we were talking to you about employee surveillance. The technology is thus used to control the productivity rate of the employees of the firm of Jeff Bezos, but not only.

The company launched its Amazon Go stores a little over a year ago, a supermarket without human interaction, fully automated where employees are very little present.  In addition, at the end of 2018 and in response to various criticisms and accusations about working conditions, Amazon announced a minimum wage of$ 15 for all its employees.

Robots replacing humans is planned in the not so distant future for Amazon

Anderson confirmed that the company is looking at ways to integrate technology into the core of the warehouse to automate certain tasks. However, " the technology allowing a robot to select a single product without damaging other products or selecting several products at the same time in a way that could be advantageous to the e-commerce vendor is long. »

Derek Jones, director of health, safety and environment adds, " Imagine if you want firm bananas, rather than ripe ones. How do you get a robot to determine that? "Technology cannot, therefore, replace the work of a human being entirely at the moment. Robots will thus need to be trained to perform the tasks currently performed by humans. Amazon has more than 100 warehouses in the United States and employs 125,000 people on a full-time basis.

If some people think that humans are going to disappear from Amazon, they're not wrong, but that's not going to happen right now.