Warehouse Robots at Work

IEEE spectrum (spectrum.ieee.org) takes you inside Kiva Systems’ robotic warehouse, where orange robots make inventory move instead of workers. Over time the system becomes increasingly efficient, with the robots learning from the wisdom of the crowd. To read more about Kiva Systems and how their robots work, check out the article at http

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25 thoughts on “Warehouse Robots at Work

  1. Robots already …
    Robots already stole my job at Stapes in Denver, so it’s already happened in America

  2. FUCK THESE PEICES …
    THESE PEICES OF !!!! THEY STOLE MY JOB AT CORPORATE EXPRESS (STAPLES) IN DENVER AND LEFT ME JOBLESS. It’s cool though I just found another job, 5 months later.

  3. You mean the ” …
    You mean the “Working Class”. The “Middle Class” are the people who create those robots. But there will always be work for the working class. It’s not highly skilled labor to begin with so you can easily get another job with minimal training.

  4. I’ve worked in a …
    I’ve worked in a factory once. It sucked. I was shuffling around boards with hot stinking vinyl laminate for $7 an hour. I’m glad I’m now a chef making $12 an hour.

    Here’s my question – would you have robots doing that kind of work HERE in America, or have people in a foreign sweatshop doing that for $.25 an hour with WAY less safety? Look up “Chinese Press Automation” on youtube to see the scary alternative to robots.

    It is, after all, a free global economy – that’s the choice we have!

  5. If you feel …
    If you feel threatened by a robot who can push shelves around, you need to evaluate your life choices.

  6. Someone says this …
    Someone says this frees people from wasteless jobs and helps elevate a higher……blah blah blah

    You must be a zeitgeist freak or something. So do you think that some kind of utopia society is possible where robots do all the hard work and humans are free to develop there minds for the higher cause or some crazy crap?

    I think people like this truly are out of touch with society as a whole. And no not all warehouse workers are kids. Literally just watch a warehouse at shift change.

  7. this will liberate …
    this will liberate people from having to be employed in menial and labor-intensive work, freeing them to more usefully apply themselves in an field that robots cannot be involved in. this is the future buddy boy. deal with it.

  8. You have just …
    You have just watched the destruction of the middle class. And to the idiot who claims this creates jobs.. wtf. Do you understand how many people work in factories~~~ LOTS
    Very few jobs would be created by this. As all it takes is a small team of computer people and engineers. It seems the techno.. is in place already anyway
    And once the factories have switched over there will be no further need for new robot builders duh.
    google this: America Destroyed By Design

  9. Hahaha just a …
    Hahaha just a little godly. I ume you’re a lot stronger than me in any case.

  10. now if you are used …
    now if you are used to smoke a herb in work, you cannot with these 😀

  11. Hahahaha godly! I …
    Hahahaha godly! I hope you die before you get replaced because it’s pretty clear you have no real skills!

  12. These robots are …
    These robots are killing our jobs lol
    specially with the credit crunch recisson going on, kind of disturbing to see this lol

  13. Great video. Yet …
    Great video. Yet another example of the productivity which enhances our lives. For the technophobes throughout the comments section, while I understand your misgivings, machines make us more productive and increase jobs and the division of labor over time. I highly recommend a primer on economics which helps to explain it all. One of the best is “Economics in One Lesson” by the noted economist Henry Hazlitt.

  14. I’ve managed a …
    I’ve managed a warehouse, and I’d never pay someone $32/hr to be an order picker, I don’t care how good they are. People do that all day for $10. Most are high school kids or immigrants, people with very limited experience working in America. You’re overpaid, and your job un-sustainable at that rate. Better get some other skills besides walking around looking for boxes. You’ll need them soon especially considering this video.

  15. I am not overpayed. …
    I am not overpayed. My money is a weak 20 dollars /hr base. The other 12 comes purely from an incentive program that pays us by the case.

    I ure you, I earn every penny.

  16. Low level? I’m …
    Low level? I’m betting I get payed far more than you do.
    and I didn’t have to be a scrawny, pastey skinned nerd to do it.

  17. I like the “Ugh, …
    I like the “Ugh, you make me mad, i slap you” way of thinking. and any nerd who disagrees with me can drool over my $32/hr
    and lick my boots.
    We’re far from being replaced, human strength is a lost art, and its only going to increase in demand.

    You want higher thinking?
    Think of it this way, why build robots when with that kind of technology.. we could just enhance ourselves?

  18. lol, I make a lot …
    lol, I make a lot more money picking boxes than you do living at that computer, scrub ;p
    I don’t even think you realize what you’re saying.

  19. ‘There goes our …
    ‘There goes our jobs’? Can you support a family being an order picker anyways? This frees people from tasks like ‘bring me that thing’ and lets humanity focus on higher level thinking. Example: of all the creativity, testing, complex engineering and design needed to make a system like this. I say its good. Humans were not made to walk around warehouse shelves anyways. We are imaginative, we are creative.

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