The flying drones that can scan packages night and day

Flying drones and robots now patrol distribution warehouses – they’ve become workhorses of the e-commerce era online that retailers can’t do without. It is driving down costs but it is also putting people out of work: what price progress?

It could be a scene from Blade Runner 2049; the flying drone hovers in the warehouse aisle, its spinning rotors filling the cavernous space with a buzzing whine.

It edges close to the packages stacked on the shelf and scans them using onboard optical sensors, before whizzing off to its next assignment.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    Who wants the 25-hour a week, minimum wage job, of scanning 5-story-high palettes of dog food at the local Amazon distribution center located in the nearest desert?
    Not I.

    • Marius K

      Buy graphite, nickel and rare metal mines.

  • ismiselemeas

    The long term benefits of reduced immigration, increased average IQ, lower house prices, increased productivity, a happier population and much more will mitigate a lot of the downside.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    In a related development, Israel recently held the first international conference on 3-D printing. (Some of its gun parts are manufactured in that manner.)

  • Marius K

    Where is my snow clearing robot?

  • Dana Garcia

    Jobs disappear by the thousands from automation every year, yet immigration remains on full throttle.

    Why is that?

    • DMB

      This is the Liberals particularly Kathleen Wynne’s strategy for political victory by having people dependent on the government for their survival either through a public sector job or social assistance. They will then be far more likely to vote Liberal in order to keep the money going.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Drones are taking jobs once held by levitating robo Mexicans

  • DMB

    This will make it easier for the Liberals to buy votes as they increase immigration numbers to Canada to a whopping 300,000 per year by having them dependent on social assistance since there will be few jobs available for them.