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Continuing on with episodic threads on Amazon et al.'s use of data and
automation, there are two relevant articles in today's Times:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/business/warehouse-
robots-learning.html?ref=todayspaper
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/technology/amazon-
robots-workers.html?ref=todayspaper
The articles make some salient points about the increasing ability of
robots to select and handle physical goods, and the corollary increasing
threat to human jobs.
What the articles DON'T address is the data that tells both robots and
humans which physical goods to order from suppliers, stock on shelves, and
send to customers.
I wonder if anyone has ever interviewed the workers handling that data (and
writing programs for it) and/or if papers have been written about that part
of the process.
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