Amazon is gaining (even more) notoriety in its treatment of workers with a recent patent.
“A patent Amazon has received would pair humans and machines. In this case, the humans would be in a cage.
Illustrations that accompany the patent, which was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in 2016, show a cage-like enclosure around a small work space sitting atop the kind of robotic trolleys that now drive racks of shelves around Amazon warehouses.
The patent was called ‘an extraordinary illustration of worker alienation, a stark moment in the relationship between humans and machines’ by researchers who highlighted it in a study published Friday.
Amazon says it never implemented the technology and has no plans to, but the design appeared to be an effort to allow humans to safely enter robot-only zones in Amazon’s highly-automated depots to make repairs or pick up dropped objects.”
For the rest of the story, visit the Seattle Times here.