The New York Times has actually been publishing a series of “ Op-Eds From The Future,” providing fiction authors an opportunity to imagine our hellish situations to come.
In October, Vice/Terraform editor Brian Merchant composed one called “ Amazon’s Very first Totally Automated Factory Is Anything However,” that’s reminiscent of early Phillip K. Cock narratives– the ones where an amazing improvement in innovation irritates the bewildered people left in its wake, resulting in a sort of ordinary dystopia (think “ Autofac“).
Merchant’s brief story focuses on Amazon’s new “human-free satisfaction centers,” total with a wonderful( ly fictionalized) Jeff Bezos presentation. Naturally, even fully automated facilities will still need some human labor, even if it’s just upkeep for the devices, so the story is narrated by among those weary flesh-and-blood workers. Not-so-surprising spoilers: the imaginary future working conditions for Amazon professionals are just as hellish as they are now.
However here’s where it gets really interesting: Blake Montgomery, a tech press reporter from The Daily Monster, connected to Amazon for a discuss their “human-free satisfaction centers.” And the business in fact reacted:
I asked Amazon for discuss Brian’s fictional op-ed about the company just to see if it would respond. It did! “We consistently pilot new technologies with the objective of increasing safety, accelerating delivery times, and including performances within our network.” https://t.co/kDBFhccYsQ pic.twitter.com/HCFxFvePhh
— Blake Montgomery (@blakersdozen) November 6, 2019
Thanks for reaching out! We consistently pilot new innovations with the goal of increasing safety, accelerating delivery times, and adding effectiveness within our network. With those performance cost savings, we have the ability to re-invest in brand-new services for clients that cause the creation of new jobs.
Most Likely, this is just a blanket, un-thinking PR reaction. However perhaps it’s likewise a sign of things to come– a portent of the dreadful automated Amazon dystopia that awaits in … well, who am I kidding, they’ll most likely have these harsh robotic warehouses up and running by Q1. Thanks, Alexa.
Amazon’s Very first Completely Automated Factory Is Anything But[Brian Merchant/The New York Times]
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