Meet Little Orange, one of 300 ’employees’ at the STO Express warehouse in Linyi, Shandong Province. What’s interesting about this little chap is that him, and his little orange mates, sort 20,000 parcels an hour without any pesky humans getting in the way and ballsing things up.
Whilst the internet has been going wild about how cute they are, some of us can’t help but think that these little boxes together with driverless cars, digital accountants and a whole host of job replacing tech that is in the pipeline are about to wipe millions of jobs. I know nobody grows up wanting to be a warehouse operator but with an ever expanding population it’s always a good thing to have something, however basic, for people to do to actually earn a crust.
Little Orange doesn’t call in sick, doesn’t get pregnant, call a strike or go on holiday. It just whizzes around doing what it’s told 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Humans, pah!