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(Wired)   Warehouse 'bots are doing battle to make same-day delivery a reality you so can better know when that giant truck will pull up and block traffic   (wired.com) divider line 13
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DAR [TotalFark]
2012-09-28 10:00:52 AM
Sounds like a new Battlebots tournament in the making.
 
2012-09-28 10:15:06 AM
A huge cube swarming with robots? Now we know how that whole thing gets started.
 
2012-09-28 01:41:34 PM
Apparently frontward is now a word
 
2012-09-28 01:46:45 PM

moothemagiccow: Apparently frontward is now a word


First used in 1865. Have you really never heard it before? It's not uncommon.
 
2012-09-28 02:20:00 PM
Maximize, centralize, standardize are the prerequisites for automation.

More and more retail outlets are being replaced by very large stores that use just-in-time stocking and have no stock room.

My local grocery store was replaced by a super store about 4 times larger that has a much better selection.

Grocery stores sell a very large volume at a small profit margin. A large proportion of their labor costs is for stockers who wheel out cases of product, cut them open, and manually put them on shelves. I expect within 10 years there will be robot stocking systems that can handle around 80% of shelf stocking.
 
2012-09-28 02:32:22 PM
In the future, products will rain down on us like manna from heaven.
 
2012-09-28 03:01:29 PM

HairBolus: Maximize, centralize, standardize are the prerequisites for automation.

More and more retail outlets are being replaced by very large stores that use just-in-time stocking and have no stock room.

My local grocery store was replaced by a super store about 4 times larger that has a much better selection.

Grocery stores sell a very large volume at a small profit margin. A large proportion of their labor costs is for stockers who wheel out cases of product, cut them open, and manually put them on shelves. I expect within 10 years there will be robot stocking systems that can handle around 80% of shelf stocking.


when bots get that good, it will be a very bad time if the prevailing logic is still "you have to work for a living".
 
2012-09-28 03:31:46 PM

SuperT: HairBolus: Maximize, centralize, standardize are the prerequisites for automation.

More and more retail outlets are being replaced by very large stores that use just-in-time stocking and have no stock room.

My local grocery store was replaced by a super store about 4 times larger that has a much better selection.

Grocery stores sell a very large volume at a small profit margin. A large proportion of their labor costs is for stockers who wheel out cases of product, cut them open, and manually put them on shelves. I expect within 10 years there will be robot stocking systems that can handle around 80% of shelf stocking.

when bots get that good, it will be a very bad time if the prevailing logic is still "you have to work for a living".


Or our definition of "living" will have changed. You can go on welfare/part-time job today and live a life that the average medieval peasant (and given the existence of modern plumbing, refrigeration, and year-round fruits and vegetables, medieval kings to an extent) or turn-of-the-century immigrant factory worker would consider a life of luxury. It's hopelessly poor by today's standards, but by those of a century or three ago, it's pretty good
 
2012-09-28 03:43:29 PM
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2012-09-28 05:07:32 PM
I worked in those warehouses for a couple summers in college. It sucks ass when you're 18 and fit, I couldn't imagine doing it for 40 years.

Still, though,

SuperT: when bots get that good, it will be a very bad time if the prevailing logic is still "you have to work for a living".


this worries me.
 
2012-09-28 05:47:53 PM
Sooner or later the bots will be sitting around all day watching bad movies and making snarky comments.
 
2012-09-28 06:56:51 PM
My company has been in a growth cycle and we are getting ready to build a new factory.

I looked at this and thought, that would really solve some of our inventory problems until I saw this "(The smallest Swisslog and Kiva systems both start at $1 million.)"

We are going to spend $3 million for our whole building. No way we can justify something like this. Maybe we can get some Remstars instead
 
2012-09-28 09:26:41 PM
So that's how Digi-Key gets my weird resistors and hand tools to me the next day even if I put in my order at 5:59PM.
 
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