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Amazon says its robots will speed up delivery and definitely not replace humans

These bots move shelves around so humans don’t have to bring around the forklift. | Image: Amazon

Amazon is rolling out expanded robotics operations at fulfillment centers built on updated sorting machines, robotic arms, and its Roomba-like mover bots. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon’s latest inventory processing system, which the company calls Sequoia, can speed up delivery fulfillment by 25 percent and launched this week at a facility in Houston.

The new system has robots designed to work alongside humans instead of replacing them, according to Amazon. Director of robotic storage technology David Guerin says that a significant portion of its operations will use them in the next three to five years.

The building blocks of Amazon’s latest system have already been in view, as the company has discussed the developments of…

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