Amazon robots outnumber humans at new Salt Lake City facility

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  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 18, 2019 7:21 a.m.

    Two points. Amazon needed SLC as a strategic shipping point. They would've moved here without Herbert & Co. throwing Utah taxpayer dollars at one of the world's richest companies.
    2nd. Amazon employees are not Union. They will continue to find ways to replace humans with robots. They have an entire department dedicated to robotics.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2019 9:59 p.m.

    This is good and bad. Technological advances are pretty exciting and needed. But, it is going to replace most of the people in our country who are unskilled including all the immigrants coming to our country across the border. They will come to jobs which one day will be automated from fast food jobs to farm operations, and many other things they do. This will leave more people in our country in poverty and homelessness or push more this direction.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2019 9:50 p.m.

    Robots are the wave of the future with many jobs. This is why importing lots of unskilled people into our country is a concern as many of the jobs they have been coming to will eventually be replaced with automation. Sad reality.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    April 17, 2019 8:02 p.m.

    i predicted this when Seattle raised it's minimum wage from $10.00 to $15.00 per hour
    over 3 years. Mcdonalds now has kiosks to order your food without a human.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    April 17, 2019 6:38 p.m.

    Avid science fiction fans of the 50s and 60s, knew this day would arrive, when robots began to replace human beings as workers. The frightening reality that is occurring is that as robots take over jobs that humans used to do, the benefits of robotic productivity doesn't necessarily go back to the consumer in much lower prices but to compete in a competitive marketplace where investors search for the fine balance between profits and costs. It is assumed that much of the lowered cost of production over the long run goes back to the owners of the corporations who own the robots while the human laborers receives lower pay as most of the worker human beings aren't as necessary anymore and their health insurance and retirement pensions are too expensive to compete in the private market. Perhaps, it's time for our government to consider putting a head tax on robots so that the taxpayer and those whose jobs are replaced can also participate in the great technological revolution instead of just the corporations and bankers.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    April 17, 2019 3:00 p.m.

    Ironically, whenever a union bargains for higher wages, more robots are ordered...