Even outside the factory, human work is being joined by machine work
At the end of march 2016, i wanted to reward myself after a lecture on animal-friendly robot cars. I walked over to the stanford shopping mall, past evergreen trees and squirrels climbing around. Before tiffany co. Stood a security robot. He looked almost as elegant as audrey hepburn in front of the jeweler’s window in new york. I turned to him, but he was silent. Later i learned that he can see, hear and smell. Talking is not his thing. It rolls around and reports suspicious things to a control center, which sends human security personnel in case of doubt. This has not completely lost its job. It is available on call.
During a visit to a company in bern in the same year, i encountered a transport robot. It was accompanied by two employees, who put it in its place with voice commands. He was not very communicative either. I was allowed to open his flap, under which you can stow packets, and make further investigations. Then he moved on, like a little, fat, lazy dog. One day they wanted to use it to deliver the mail in the cities, supervised only from a distance. I did not think this was a good idea. Not so much because letter carriers would lose their jobs – of which there were still enough. Rather, because mail carriers would stumble over it. And because it was too slow.