Don't fear the robot; he's there to help


For those with factory jobs, there's no way around it, you're gonna be working with robots at some point. Robot makers say they're trying to introduce robots into workplaces in ways that aren't offensive to humans.

Melonee Wise is with Fetch Robotics.

"There is a lot of bad PR around about robots and jobs and so you have to ingratiate the robots into their presence."

But Wise says once workers get used to the robots they see their value. She says older workers may need the robots.

"Those people have back issues, knee issues other health issues that are aggravated by walking a lot and our robot actually helps remove some of that walking."

Wise says the robots are doing jobs humans are no longer willing to do. She says they're not replacing humans, they're simply making the factories more efficient.

"In the United States there's 600,000 jobs going unfilled; people don't want to do these jobs anymore, there's 25% turnover. These companies have to increase productivity and automation is the way to do it."

However, researchers say some warehouses, powered by robotics and AI software, are leading to human burnout by adding more work and upping the pressure on workers to speed up their performance.


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