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• The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Amazon "has patented technology to allow robots that transport inventory around its warehouse floors to take on more tasks, such as taking inventory, mopping, sweeping and waxing floors ... the patent describes various tools that can be easily attached and removed from the existing robot fleet."

The story notes that "patents and patent applications don’t guarantee an idea will become reality. But the growing number of drone and robot patents shows Amazon is investing heavily in a technology that could upend the shipping industry."

The story also notes that "although almost 25 million jobs will be lost to automation over the next 10 years, research firm Forrester suggests that the development and maintenance of smart warehouse bots will create 15 million jobs.
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