Headline, March 06 2019/ ''' '' ROBOTS NO *ROBBERS '' ''' : AUTOMATION

''' '' ROBOTS NO *ROBBERS '' '''


THE CHARGE AGAINST CONTAINING CORONAVIRUS should have been led by robots. The  world utterly failed in advance conceptual preparation and work.

SOMEDAY. All future protests against leaders like Modi Jee, should be lead by robots. So many precious lives can be saved, and must be saved.

It is towards this great end that The World Students Society will direct its greatest genius.

ROBOTS ARE NOW WORKING in places like factories and living room.

But the introduction of robots to public settings like grocery stores is fueling new fears that humans are being pushed out of jobs.

McKinsey, the consulting firm, says the grocers could immediately reduce ''the pool of labor hours''  by as much as 65 percent if they adopted all the automation technology currently available.

''Margin pressure has made automation a requirement, not a choice.'' McKinsey said in a report last year.

Retailers said their robot designs were not explicitly meant to assuage angst about job losses. Still, companies of all sizes - like Carrefour, based in France, and Starbucks, based in St. Louis - are investing in tens of thousands of friendly looking robots, that are upending human work.

MACHINES ARE INCREASINGLY HUMANIZED to unfurl their appeal, even as some take jobs. This is the friendly face of automation.

TALLY, a robot that cruises the aisles of Giant Eagle grocery stores in Pennsylvania and Ohio, has digital cartoonlike eyes that blink but perform no actual function. A blue computer screen flashes messages informing customers what the robot is doing : '' Stock check ! ''

Jeff Gee, a co-founder of Simbe Robotics, the company that developed Tally, said the eyes were meant to help customers feel comfortable with the device, particularly in areas of the country ''where a lot of people have never experienced robots in the wild before.''

When Tina Sorg first saw the robot rolling through her supermarket in Harrisburgh, Pa, she said to herself, ''That thing is a little weird.''

Programmed to detect spills and debris in the aisles, the robot looked like an inkjet printer with a long neck.
''It needed personality,'' said Ms. Sorg, 55, who manages the beer and wine department at the store, part of the Giant chain.

So, during the overnight shift, she went out to an arts and crafts shop, brought back a large lair of googly eyes, and when no one was looking, affixed them on top of the robot.

The eyes were a hit with the executives at the Dutch-Belgian global grocery company. Ahold Delhaize, which owns the giant and Stop & Shop supermarket chains. They are now a standard feature on the company's nearly 500 robots across the United States.

How this supermarket robot got its goofy eyes touches on a serious question: Will robots with friendly faces and cute names help people feel good about devices that are taking over an increasing amount of human work?

Most of the retail robots have just enough human qualities to make them appear benign, but not too many to suggest they are they are replacing humans entirely.

''It's like Mary Poppins,'' said Peter Hancock, a professor at the University of central Florida, who has studied the history of automation. ''A spoonful of sugar makes the robot go down.''

Perhaps no other retailer is delivering as intensely with the sensitivities around automation as Walmart, the largest private-employer in the United States, with about 1.5 million workers.

The company spent many months working with the company Bossa Nova and researchers at  Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to design a shelf-scanning robot that they hope both employees and customers will feel comfortable with.

This robot was designed without a face, because its developers did not want customers to think they could interact with the device. But many of the robots have names, given to them by store staff members. Some wear name badges.   

''We want the associates to have an attachment to it and want to protect it,'' said Sarjoun skaff, a co-founder and the chief technology officer at Bossa Nova.

Walmart said it planned to deploy the robots in 1,000 stores by the end of the year, up from about 350.

The Honor and serving of the Latest Global Operational research on Robots and Jobs and Future, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Michael Corkery.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Grandparents, Parents. Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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