Amazon Robot sends 24 to hospital

We all know that Amazon is going to take over the world and we are all going to end up as bot-tenders in some factory somewhere where our robot overlords will spray us with bear spray when we try to organize for our rights. Is this the basis for some sci-fi movie? No, but it just seems like it could be the next Hollywood blockbuster.

Amazon robots at work
Anyway, back to the non-fiction. An Amazon robot in New Jersey malfunctioned and ripped through a can of bear repellent that sent 24 workers to the hospital. LOL!? Too soon. I guess, but all the workers are expected to make a full recovery.

The repellent-spraying robot does bring up the issue of workplace safety and working conditions. But not to worry, Amazon released a statement saying, "The safety of our employees is our top priority, and as such, all employees in that area have been relocated to safe place and employees experiencing symptoms are being treated onsite,” an Amazon spokesperson told ABC in a statement. “As a precaution, some employees have been transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.” Whew, that reassures me, how about you? Haven't these guys seen Terminator? 

Amazon really does care(?): the richest company in the world just raised their minimum wage to $15 per hour. Not sure where all their plants are, but definitely not around here, in the SF Bay Area, that's not even walking around money.

All joking aside - this is what the future of the workplace is going to look like for more and more blue collar workers. How do we balance workplace safety and wages while satisfying our robot overlords, errr, I mean helpers?


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