Pandemic Expedites Robots’ Rise

The pandemic has pushed automation to center stage at a pace that’s alarming even to researchers who’ve spent years predicting robots’ rise.
 
Companies are pushing forward plans to automate everything from burger-flipping to room service delivery. White Castle plans to roll out a robot fryer called Flippy; robots are cleaning contaminated hospital rooms, and filling production gaps in factories that must now limit the number of human workers in one space.
 
While these measures may make people safer, expedited automation is chipping away at jobs during a time of extraordinary unemployment—and states and cities are under pressure to help displaced workers.
 
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