The Baltimore Sun has a video of the new Amazon warehouse in Baltimore, showcasing its state-of-the-art robotic systems. It is amazing. And maybe a little scary, too?
If you’ve ever wondered just how you can order cat food, a book about the Boer War, and a new pair of socks and have it all neatly packaged and delivered to your doorstep in a blindingly short amount of time, this peek at the advanced automation systems makes it all make a little more sense. The fulfillment center in Baltimore has 16 miles of conveyor belts to move products across the 1-million square foot warehouse. Yellow cabinets stocked with various objects dart forward and back, depending on what the computerized system determines is needed at the moment.
There’s something a little Fantasia about watching these systems work. They’re so efficiently free of human input. (Although, of course, the mega-retailer is hiring 2,500 people to make the place run–whether they’re good jobs is another question.) It makes me wonder when the first Amazon horror movie is going to be released.
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