@nancybLV"Even though this article says it won't take human
jobs yes it will it already is"No, actually it's creating
jobs. In the robotics industry. Jobs that pay a lot better than stocking shelves
at Wal Mart.
I wonder if it will also automatically order merchandise that is either out of
stock, or short on stock. Our local Walmarts all look like they are going out
of business, because of no merchandise on the shelf. Or even worse, they
"face" the shelves, so that it doesn't look like a bare shelf, but
when you go looking for item X, you find 20 rows of item Y that are only one
item deep.And the constant changing of the merchandise locations is not
making customers happy. Or employees, for that matter.Some of these
corporate hot shots should have to actually work in a store, before being taken
in to the corporate office. And made to do a "refresher" in a store
every five years or so.I understand that Walmart is fighting an uphill
battle, with brick and mortar stores giving way to on line stores. But it seems
to me that they powers that be would be doing everything in their power to keep
the customers happy in their stores.
All these robo-phobes! Robots are just here to do the jobs humans won't do.
I was originally thinking of writing about the size of the robot; but Kranlon
beat me to the punch. Yes, that looks a lot closer to 3 feet; maybe even 3.5
feet on the tall side (or those are some giant cereal boxes). Hobbit-sized
really. Which might make it more intrusive when people bump into it with their
cart before they see it. Maybe it can navigate around carts and boxes placed in
its way; but can it predict human behavior and avoid?I also remember
when Walmart used to be Wal*Mart, and I think it was even Wal (smilieface) Mart
at one point. They seem to rebrand fairly often. And yet, who even notices?
They sure do need a lesson on branding; if not necessarily marketing.----Unrelated thoughts; but I recently haphazardly and jokingly
told someone that "radar" was so "20th century" when he/she used
the phrase "it's not even on their radar" during a conversation.
Since then I wondered just what is the 21st century equivalent. Now seeing
LiDAR in three major different applications. Robots in stores, self-driving
cars, and archeology. Even though LiDAR has been around a long time to; I think
LiDAR will be the radar equivalent in the 21st century.
The editors at the Deseret News seem take every opportunity to point out that
robots are scary.I've had a robot cleaning my floors for the
past two years, and I can assure you that it isn't the least bit scary.
Dumb and annoying on a regular basis, but never scary. Well, except to our
chihuahua when it corners him, but that doesn't count.
Over time technology will take over Jobs, Employees are just to expensive,and
California is a perfect location for technology to take over jobs.
1. "It’s unobtrusive, it just carries on.” There is no way a 6
foot robot is unobtrusive in a store. But, the one pictured is clearly not 6
feet tall, more like 3 feet tall, still not unobtrusive.2.
"Wal-Mart executives don’t think this will overtake human jobs,
either." Then, Walmart (yes, the name was changed, there is no dash anymore
and the m is lowercase) executives really need some better advisers on
technology, human resources and marketing spin.You start off with
the jobs that most people do not like to do, which only bothers a few people,
and then move up. I can definitely see a time coming when there are no Walmart
employees in a store. I'm not against automation, I just want
it to happen slowly so people have time to adjust. If automation brings savings
then some of those savings should be dedicated to helping people retrain for
other jobs. I think it will be a great world if menial tasks can be done by
automation leaving humans more time to attend to important tasks like human
development and relationships.
Even though this article says it won't take human jobs yes it will it
already is.....Customer Service at Walmart does it really exist and will it get
better with robots I highly doubt it....Walmart right now wants us to believe it
will be OK no one will loose their job CS will pick up but robots are the future
and yes people will and are loosing jobs because of robots and self check out