One of America’s largest employers has some awesome news for its human shoppers. It does come with a bit of a caveat, though. The 500 robots that were purchased from Bossa Nova Robotics are being retired. These robots were responsible for handling the inventory concerns at hundreds of Wal-Mart locations. Now that this partnership is over, the inventory tracking tasks will now fall onto the human employees.
That may be good for people who are looking to find a new job. After all, the job market is not in the best place at the moment. However, there are some who are asking a more crucial question. How are the robots going to respond to losing their jobs? We are quite certain that no one ever stopped to consider that aspect of the equation.
According to the New York Post, the decision was made because humans are deemed to be just as capable. “The robot layoff is the result of the company cutting ties with startup Bossa Nova Robotics, which over the last five years provided six-foot-tall inventory-tracking machines to roughly 500 Walmart stores, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Sources familiar with the move told the newspaper that company executives determined they can use their own store employees to effectively keep tabs of inventory,” the report reads. Of course, the initial explanation about humans being more efficient than the machines did not pass muster. That story does not make sense in the slightest.
John Furner, the company’s US CEO, tried his best to get to the heart of the issue. Customers have been worried about the robots. In fact, the adjective “hulking” was even invoked. That’s as good of a description as you are going to get, in all honesty. We would not want these bad boys looming over us while we are browsing the electronics aisle either.
The machines are over six feet tall and give you off very bright, shiny light. If one of us ever made its presence known to us while we were shopping, we would lose our minds completely. The robots have yet to unionize so we may still have time before the uprising. All jokes aside, they are network-enabled, which does allow them to communicate with the Wal-Mart supply database.
The robots have also been programmed with artificial intelligence that is designed to keep people and merchandise safe. It’s important to remember that the robots only have the intelligence that they are given. On the other hand, 2020 is the perfect time for a robot uprising. This has already been a year out of a bad movie as it is.
Why not embrace the lunacy? No one wants to sit around and wait for the next crappy Terminator sequel to unfold in our own backyards. It is time that we brought the fight to the robots. The best defense is a good offense, so on and so forth. The robots can’t climb stairs or operate weapons so we are at a bit of an advantage here.
Maybe we can let them off with a warning, just this once. You never know when these robots may be useful. Perhaps they can be reprogrammed to handle warehouse work and such. They don’t seem like the strongest candidates for a robot uprising. Their sheer size does give them the chance to potentially crush a human who did not see them coming. They could get you pinned up against a wall if you’re being too cavalier.
Fantasizing about new robot overloads must be one of the final stages of quarantine delirium. We are not particularly worried about this particular problem getting any worse but 2020 has taught us that you can never be too certain about anything anymore. There are a lot of things that have happened this year that we would have bet against. Hopefully, we do not have to start sleeping with one eye open because of an impending robot invasion.