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Robot that stocks drinks is newest thing at FamilyMart in Japan

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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This is what always being shown in all over media that robot is being used, in actual place like convenient store or chain restaurant there is always vacant position need to be filled, even store manager always ask their part time worker if they could find any one to fill that.

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Who stocks the shelf that the robot uses ?

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I love interacting with stockers,they slice and dice the boxes,with their knives and show wayward customer,were the item are

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Good to know someone/something will be replenishing the Strong Zero selection.

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Always looking towards anything that will cut labor cost by any means, huh Japan?

These robots are perfect! None of them get sick, get pregnant and they can work 200 hours a week.

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TX SCARA, which goes at an undisclosed price...

Probably several million yen and needing regular maintenance by an engineer all to do a job that takes a part time worker 10 minutes at ¥900 per hour..

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Robots will take over many jobs and the unnecessary people according to Yuval Noah Harari can be eliminated. This is the globalist mindset where the WEF stands on.

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Well, that's what happens when conbini store workers get greedy and ask for a ¥6 raise all the way up to ¥762 per hour...

By the way, who's the random white dude in the photos that go with this story? Is that the ex-Nova teacher who lost out on the conbini job to the robot?

Who stocks the shelf that the robot uses ?

Well played, Gogogo. I don't usually laugh out loud at comments, but you got one outta me here.

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Good to know someone/something will be replenishing the Strong Zero selection.

Yeah demand is going to go way up . Cheap, strong alcohol will soon be pretty much the only thing peple will be seeking as they will have no jobs and feel worthless and screwed over and lost all hope as they line up to get their daily fix to stay comfortably numb.

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Who stocks the shelf that the robot uses ?

Headline news in 2027:

”Robot that stocks drinks on shelf that Robot that stocks drinks uses to get its drinks is newest thing at FamilyMart in Japan

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I've also been in Chain Izakaya in the Inaka parts where now you order your food and drinks from a tablet and a robot brings your food and drink. there were only 2-3 waitresses with the robots doing the vast majority of the work. The plus side to it was it made it easy to socially distance. Didn't interact with a single human at that time.

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shogun36Today  07:49 am JST

Always looking towards anything that will cut labor cost by any means, huh Japan?

These robots are perfect! None of them get sick, get pregnant and they can work 200 hours a week.

Somebody has to build and program these robots. Domo Arigato, Mister Roboto for doing all the jobs that nobody wants to.

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Humans first open the box, stock a shelf and then the robot goes to work. Seems to me they're adding a step in the process. When the robot can open the box, stock the shelf and then break the box down thereafter, that is progress but this... idiocy.

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Japan has a problem finding scalable niches. This ain't one.

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Robot that stocks drinks is newest thing at FamilyMart in Japan

It will soon become a common or dominant thing. It may be progress. Human workers should be focused on something more worthwhile.

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Yeah, why not? Not unique to Japan, but if we have to technology to delegate mundane tasks to robots, it's good to use it. I don't think many people who stock shelves for a living would miss doing so.

Does it mean they will get to work less though? Or will our corporate overlords still keep squeezing as much out of us as they can, regardless of productivity?

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All those robots and tablets keep killing the social interaction.

Much better and easier to order directly the menu to a staff, have a few words, rather than using tablets.

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I have seen videos of the TX Scara stocking robot. It is quite slow. I have worked cashier and stocking jobs before and can work 10X faster than that robot. Pretty much any human could.

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The only reason to implement robots is if they can't find humans to do the work.

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I just wonder, considering price, programming, energy costs, maintenance , battery replacements and repairs etc., if it’s then still really cheaper and faster working than those part timers at 850 yen per hour or so.

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It helps for sure, I have seen robots in industrial factories and they do amazing work, the quality and consistency is superb, they save tons of $ and keep humans workers out of harms way at dangerous work stations.

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Always looking towards anything that will cut labor cost by any means, huh Japan?

These robots are perfect! None of them get sick, get pregnant and they can work 200 hours a week.

And Japanese! No need for foreigners to pollute the nation with a diverse range of cultures that the exploited cheap labour might bring.

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Classic Japan robot "innovation" with severe over-engineering to a simple problem.

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Amazing innovation and technology! If every conbini and supermarket is subsidised - say 50% - by govt to purchase one of these amazing robots - then the so called "labor shortage crisis" vanishes overnight.

Foreigners minds will be blown when they are allowed back into Japan and see these robots!

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You'd think with a declining population there's less need for robots.

Putting some people out of work !

Realistically how many people are not working jobs that are boring , unglamorous or repetitive ?

If its exciting and glamorous how can you call it work ?

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It helps for sure

Well...ahem..chortle

Incase you haven't noticed a combini isn't a industrial factory with dangerous work stations

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completely meaningless "progress"...

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gogogoToday  07:08 am JST

Who stocks the shelf that the robot uses ?

The answer to your question is a foreigner.

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Battery replacements

'Oh' ... that's odd because nowhere in the article does it mention the robot needs battery replacements.

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Foreigners minds will be blown when they are allowed back into Japan and see these robots!

I highly doubt that.

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What a silly low-tech gimmick. This is laughable.

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Companies will literally do ANYTHING to avoid paying a living wage to a human being.

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Yet, apart from a few exceptions, it's not. In fact, in many ways, it's one of the least developed technological nations (think continued use of Windows XP, fax machines, low-tech banking etc. and paper-based offices).

Gotta disagree with this. Sure there is some old tech being used, but Japanese are early adopters of new tech too. And the banking system is so far more advanced than Canada it isn't even funny.

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They should make it do something that is easily viewed by the public, then it would help promoting the chain.

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Looks more jama than anything else.

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Who stocks the shelf that the robot uses ?

A secret Vietnamese "intern" earning 300 yen an hour

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Lets all be clever and automate ourselves out of a job.....Instead lets bring back humanity Japan.

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Robots will take over many jobs and the unnecessary people according to Yuval Noah Harari can be eliminated.

who the hell is Yuval Noah Harari?

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By the way, who's the random white dude in the photos that go with this story? Is that the ex-Nova teacher who lost out on the conbini job to the robot?

The "random white dude" is Raul Vicente, who teaches Data Science at a university in Estonia. He was online with AP for an interview about the effects of robots during COVID.

That possibility is funny.

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As long as they don't give it a brain...

Robot: I do not understand. Why are drink prices going up again?

CEO: Ummm.... the war in Ukraine.

Robot: Does not computer. The product is domestic in origin, as are the ingredients to manufacture it.

CEO: Uhhh... It can't be helped.

Robot: Doesn't compute. It can be helped. You do not need to do it. If prices go up, less people will buy. Does not computer.

CEO: How do I disassemble this cursed thing!?

Robot: EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

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Robots don't pay taxes, buy clothes, buy food, go to entertainment places, travel, socialise, or do any other things that sustain and contribute to local communities.

They also rely on humans to make them, plug them in, programme them, maintain them and make them work.

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Who stocks the robot that stocks?

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The stocking robot’s stocking robot is stocking the stocking robot.

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If only we could get more students from foreign countries to study here and do part time work this wouldn't be necessary.

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@wanderlust

They also rely on humans to make them, plug them in, programme them, maintain them and make them work.

Thats right and does not take a rocket scientist to understand. However, as the world turns to AI for robots to service and program and repair them. Every student in Japan will need to know how to program in a language they are using to keep uptime. No matter the reason it will boil down to that IT engineers are in favor of majority of the jobs as we automate ourselfs out of our own jobs. Only thing we will need is to learn how to program, fix and repair robots. What a sad age we are going through. You can thank the Internet for this.

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