Amazon is raising eyebrows with a patent filing that suggests putting human employees in cages to navigate areas populated by automated robots.
The internet giant was granted the patent in 2016, but it’s dissected in a new study looking at the history and implications of Amazon’s Echo.
The patent, titled ‘System and method for transporting personnel within an active workspace,’ envisions a system that would allow humans to safely enter areas where robots are zipping to and fro, delivering items.
It’s described as a ‘human transport device’ wherein an employee stands atop a robotic trolley, encased by a metal cage.
A robotic arm would be attached to the cage and operated from inside the enclosure, allowing the employee to reach for items, among other uses.
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