Mujin, a start-up out of Tokyo University, has developed artificially intelligent robots that can fully automate entire warehouses in China and is pushing for the tech in the U.S., CNBC reported.
“Lifting heavy boxes is probably the most backbreaking task in warehouse logistics,” said Mujin’s American co-founder and CTO, Rosen Diankov. “A lot of companies are looking for truck unloading systems, and I believe we’re the closest to commercialization.”
For the better part of a year, Activist Post has been covering numerous stories warning that robots would soon take human jobs, like construction and farming robots, Angus and HRP-5P, being created to replace workers in the aforementioned industries.
Now, there are more sophisticated warehouse bots being tested to replace labor workers highlighting that point. While it’s important to note that at a recent tech show the robots failed and damaged boxes, the humanoid replacements aren’t that far behind.
Mujin has supplied JD.com warehouse bots to become the first fulfillment center with full automation and only five human workers to service the machines.
In May, Activist Post reported that University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Alan Turing Institute aimed to bring ‘game-changing’ benefits of artificial intelligence to NHS patients and replace some workers in the hospital.
Recently Activist Post also reported that even finance wasn’t safe from the robot apocalypse. China Construction Bank (CCB) opened a Shanghai branch run entirely by robots in a testing phase for finance with little to no human involvement.
Robots are beginning to take over every aspect of society. They are also headed for retail businesses delivering freight and eliminating truckers. But, again, robots malfunction. In fact, it sounds quite dangerous allowing a freight truck to drive itself; if the sensors break down on a big rig truck going 60-70 MPH, that’s potentially 40 tons barreling down the highway unattended except by artificial intelligence.
As Activist Post reported back in March, Uber had to halt nationwide testing of its A.I. vehicles following the death of a pedestrian in Arizona. And that was a car actually attended by a human backup operator.
Automation clearly isn’t a foolproof technology, and it can also be exploited by hackers for malicious purposes that could even include programming a bot to kill an individual.
Meanwhile, Activist Post recently reported that Amazon is considering opening 3,000 cashierless Amazon Go stores by 2021. A move into retail by the online giant would threaten convenience stores and fast-food chains across the U.S. by selling items to customers cheaper and faster. The other negative is that Amazon could start the “robot apocalypse.” Current existing Amazon Go stores sell prepared sandwiches, salads, yogurt, and granola bars. That’s a market that is mostly occupied by small mom-and-pop convenience stores.
Even the lovable known bullied robot from Boston Dynamics Atlas has recently been given an upgrade, robotics is invading our society quicker then you can snap your fingers. Atlas utilizes ‘computer vision’ to analyze its surroundings, and then decide its actions just like the robots created by Mujin.
Society is even considering pushing the use of robotic workers in security with the suggestion to use facial recognition and artificial intelligence for anti-theft purposes in retail.
One such famous scientist, Stephen Hawking, has previously warned “artificial intelligence could spell the end for the human race If we are not careful enough because they are too clever.”
With robots like Atlas, Angus, HRP-5P and now robots made by Mujin threatening various industries, employment will become scarce for those of us with limited abilities in human flesh suits.
All this highlights what Elon Musk has warned, that a universal basic income (UBI) — essentially free cash handouts — “will be necessary over time if (AI) artificial intelligence takes over most human jobs.”
Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post
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