Headline, April 28 2019/ ''' '' HELLO! -MARTY- HE-SHE? '' ''' : ROBOTS

''' '' HELLO! -MARTY- 

HE-SHE? '' ''' : ROBOTS

THE STORE MANAGER SAID THAT he referred to Wall-E as a HE but that other employees thought of the Robot as a SHE.

''I'll say, ''Where is he at?'' Mr. McGowan said. ''But they say. 'Where is she at? ' '' 

Simbe is short for Simulated Being. A spokeswoman said the company's mission was to ''foster a harmonious relationship between robots and humans.''

One of Simbe's biggest financial backers is Venrock, a firm that was founded as the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family.

Some robots the tech company say, are blending seamlessly into stores. Walmart and malls-operated by the Simon Property Group are using self-driving floor scrubbers that have a steering wheel, a cushy seat and even a cup holder - feature that give the impression that these scrubbers are meant for humans settling in for a long shift of floor washing with a cup of coffee at their side.

The scrubbers can be driven manually to set the routes it till take through the store. Then, a worker needs only to touch a screen and the device takes off on its own. About 80 percent of the time, there is no human at the wheel.

Before deploying the device in stores, BrainCorp, the San Diego company that developed the device, tested customer reactions to a driverless machine. The human, the company learned, were not missed.

''The biggest reaction we got'' to the driverless machine, said Phil Duffy, Brian Corp's vice president of product management, ''is no reaction at all.''

Retailers say the robots are good for their workers. They free up employees from mundane and sometimes hazardous jobs like unloading delivery trucks to focus on more fulfilling tasks like helping customers.

At the Walmart Supercenter in Phillipsburg some workers have put their personal touches on automation that's changing their jobs. 

The store's newly installed  FAST unloader automatically sorts boxes arriving at the store, and reduced the number of workers needed to empty a delivery truck from eight to four.

The task now takes employees about two-thirds the time it used to, springing them from the often sweltering confines of the back room to spend time ferrying inventory out to the aisles and dealing with customers. Walmart says the new unloader has reduced turnover in the back room.

The employees named the unloader Grover and placed a plush blue puppy on top of it as kind of mascot.
''It's the way of the world,'' said Lori Vogelin, who works in the backroom in Phillpsburg.

Automation has not yet reduced Walmart's overall work force, but executives acknowledge that the number of positions in the stores will eventually decline through attrition.

The company said it was retraining many of its employees to work in its e-commerce and health care businesses or even helping them prepare for jobs outside Walmart.

''There is never going to be this great cataclysm of job loss, Mr. Hancock, the University of Central Florida professor. said. It is going be death by a thousand cuts, or death by a thousand robots,

Through out history workers have attacked technologies when they feel threatened, like the 19th century Luddites, who destroyed machinery in textile mills.

''If you push too hard, too far, people transfer their anger to the technology and they revolt,'' he said.

Ms. Sorg, who has worked at Giant for 14 years, isn't worried.

At first, she was unsure, how her bosses would react to the googly eyes. But the robot's developer at Badger technologies loved them.

A spokeswoman for Badger said one of the supermarket's executives remarked that the robot reminded him of an employee named Marty, who was ''tall, thin, reserved and not very emotional.'' Since then, the robot has been known as Marty.

While others might worry about robots taking jobs, Ms. Sorg said : ''I haven't put much thought into it. I am just fascinated by the whole thing. ''For Halloween, she dressed up ass Marty to go trick or treating with her grandchildren.

Last month, Stop & Shop celebrated Marty's first anniversary with parties at its stores around the Northeast.

Thee company said the parties were partly a chance for Stop & Shop to explain to customers how robots are improving the the cleanliness of its aisles.

Marty is equipped with sensors that detect spills and then trigger an automated announcement over the store's loudspeaker beckoning employees to clean up the mess.

At the many ''Marty parties,'' there were sheet cakes decorated with the robot's signature eyes and goody bags containing robots fashioned from juice boxes and appliance containers.

An older customer in Newburgh, N.Y. brought the robot a can of WD-40 lubricant as a gift. In Queens and Long Island, children made cards, drew pictures and composed poems for Marty.

''Wishing you a Happy First Birthday,'' one young customer wrote to the robot. ''May you have many more.''

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Automation, Robots and Deployment, continues. The World Students Society thanks author, Michael Corkery.

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