I pitched an essay about the 1920 play RUR, and I wanted to share some links I ran across while working on it.
This TechCrunch story about Berkeley’s Kiwibots has an interesting map of the company’s distribution network.
In this Daily Cal interview, the Kiwibot CEO describes some of the startup’s operations: it sounds like they pre-buy popular meals from local eateries, then offer them for sale on their app, and then have human employees at their distribution nodes load up the bots for final delivery.
This Washington Post story about workers at a Georgia Walmart trying to cope with a flood of new robotic coworkers is exactly about what I was trying to get at. Come for the Auto-C Floor Scrubber named after recently fired janitor Freddy, stay for the dude who falls asleep on Freddy as it migrates around the store and has to be taken off it, and the six foot tall Auto-S scanning bot who creeps out shoppers by silently stalking up behind them to scan shelves.