September 7, 2021

The Ongoing Amazon Debate

When I wrote about my concerns with Amazon recently, I got a lot of good feedback. It seems I’m hardly the only one with reservations about the company. One of the books I borrowed from for the post was Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America by Alec MacGillis. Tim Carmody interviewed MacGillis for his newsletter, The Amazon Chronicles.

For earlier Amazon warehouse workers, walking the aisles, all those aisles, looking for the items in the stacks or in the shells was incredibly physically taxing, and left you with incredibly sore feet and blisters. But there was a little bit of independence involved in that you were kind of least kind of off on your own in the stacks, in a sense. And now you’re just planted there for the day, because those robots are bringing the things to you, and you’re simply pulling them off the shelves as they’re brought to you. And you are only still being used rather than the robots because they still haven’t figured out how to make the robots that grab; the hard thing [for a robot] is grabbing things of different sizes and shapes. And so it’s you’re even more just in that sense kind of a cog.

I spoke with a friend who is an Amazon partisan, and he believes those jobs will be gone in a couple of years, eliminated by full automation.

I’m still plotting ways to extricate myself from Amazon. There is a lot of difficulty involved. However, I just read that ebook loans are available on the Kobo through Overdrive. What’s even better is that Kobo has a way to borrow the books directly on the device. That could really help me at least transition to a different reading ecosystem.


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