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The New York Times has a story about how Amazon is simultaneously hiring enormous numbers of employees while also being “on the forefront of automation, finding new ways of getting robots to do the work once handled by employees.”

An excerpt:

“Perhaps no company embodies the anxieties and hopes around automation better than Amazon. Many people, including President Trump, blame the company for destroying traditional retail jobs by enticing people to shop online. At the same time, the company’s eye-popping growth has turned it into a hiring machine, with an unquenchable need for entry-level warehouse workers to satisfy customer orders.

“Amazon’s global work force is three times larger than Microsoft’s and 18 times larger than Facebook’s, and last week, Amazon said it would open a second headquarters in North America with up to 50,000 new jobs.”

But, there is an other side to the story, that “ Amazon is also on the forefront of automation, finding new ways of getting robots to do the work once handled by employees … Amazon now has more than 100,000 robots in action around the world, and it has plans to add many more to the mix.”

It is a fascinating dynamic , and you can read about it here.
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