I’m sure the robot got really charged up when the audience applauded during this test of a robot picker for Amazon, shown to us by Quartz.com. It did manage the thin paperback book, at about 8½ minutes into the slow-moving video, but somewhat precariously as their picture at the top of their post shows. To jeopardize the jobs of human pickers not only will the robots have to improve accuracy, they’ll have to pick up speed too. Quartz tells us Amazon is now hiring 6,000 additional human workers, so things look safe for us humans for the time being.

Still in a world where robots can dance like this, who can doubt that they’ll manage eventually.

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